Nancy’s: South Donegal pub still in business seven generations later

first_imgOne of Donegal’s well-loved watering holes has revealed how they have kept the Donegal pub in action for over 200 years. Jenny McHugh, one of Charles and Ann McHugh’s seven children, five of whom oversee the day-to-day management spoke to Thinkbusiness.ie about how the business has survived through boom times and recession, the business successfully adapting to massive cultural shifts.McHugh acknowledged the bar has been quieter due to a change in drinking habits, but emphasises the importance of creativity, moving with the times and keeping quality and customer experience consistent. “At the moment, the seventh and eighth generations of the Mc Hugh family are running Nancy’s. Charlie, our Dad, is one of a family of five born upstairs,” McHugh said.“Of his seven children, five of us work here, two in the bar, two in the kitchen and one in the office. Even though the other two live abroad, they are both in the same trade. Growing up here has impacted us massively and keeping the business in the family is really important to us.“All seven of us worked in Nancy’s part-time as teenagers, no one had a choice! We fell into whatever roles that suited us best, either in the bar or the kitchen.“You found where your strength was. My brother Daniel went to train as a chef and became head chef in Nancy’s, my other brother Connor and I ended up doing the bar, my sister Suzi also works in the kitchen and my sister Lauren does all the baking and the bookkeeping.” The south Donegal premises has evolved massively over the last five decades, something McHugh attributes to changes in the drinking culture.“In the 60s, 70s, and early 80s, there was a big drinking culture. Lots of tourists came from all over, particularly people from the north of Ireland, English and Americans. It was really busy.“In the 80s, our grandmother started serving burgers. They were called Deadlies – the burger came prepacked in a plastic bag, you put it in the microwave for two minutes, if you ate it straight away, it was fine but if you left it until it got cold, it looked and tasted like rubber. That was the first introduction of food here.“Later in the 80s our mum, Ann, took over the food. She carried on serving burgers but started making real ones. She had a very limited but consistent menu; oysters, smoked salmon, prawns and roll mop herring.“The food has gone from strength to strength in the last 40 years, it has become what Nancy’s is best known for. We are very proud of the tradition of our family business, the heritage and the length of time it’s been in the family are important but it’s the food that has made its mark. “If the bar was only open for drink, we wouldn’t be open anymore. The drinking culture has changed so much. We made a bigger deal about the food. The menu has been expanded.“Mum believes and has always instilled in us that consistency is the key. If someone comes in for a chowder today, they get the same chowder in a year’s time.”Read the full story here: https://www.thinkbusiness.ie/articles/nancys-bar-how-a-family-business-survived-7-generations/Nancy’s: South Donegal pub still in business seven generations later was last modified: October 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Investing in commercial property

first_img17 December 2003Foreign investors, mainly from the UK, Ireland and Germany, are increasingly buying South African commercial property as a medium- to long-term investment, according to business information service I-Net Bridge.According to Peter Golding, chief executive officer of Golding Commercial Properties (GCP), a subsidiary of the Pam Golding Properties group, GCP has been receiving ongoing inquiries for commercial property investments of late.Golding told I-Net Bridge that investors are currently looking for commercial properties in South Africa with capital ranging from about R10-million to R200-million to invest.A notable example cited by Golding is that of a “big German financial institution” wanting to invest $20-million (about R128-million) in prime commercial property for a closed end fund.Golding says investors are seeking quality stock and tenant credibility, with a preference for a single, prime commercial A-grade property with a 10-year lease with a branded corporate.And, says Golding, it’s Cape Town which is attracting the most interest.“With its high appeal and tremendous international exposure, Cape Town continues to be seen in an extremely positive light by potential offshore investors who perceive tremendous capital growth in the property market”, Golding told I-Net Bridge.What about the costs? Put simply, that is “not the issue”, he says.Chris Immelman, the head of Golding Commercial Properties’ leasing and sales division, told I-Net Bridge that the demand for quality commercial stock in Cape Town “presents an opportunity for corporates who own their own buildings to consider the benefits of undertaking a corporate sale and leaseback, thereby unlocking capital which can then potentially be better utilised in business.”Golding says that while the national market is currently characterised by a lack of available, quality stock opportunities also exist in centres such as Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and Port Elizabeth.The high demand for residential property in the Boland and Overberg region of the Western Cape is also having a positive impact on the commercial property market in the area.Immelman says the surge in demand for homes in the Helderberg Basin in areas such as Stellenbosch, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West and Paarl is boosting the demand for commercial property, particularly for the lease and sale of office and retail space.Eugene Muntingh, GCP regional sales manager, says overseas investors are also expressing an interest in this area, with UK and German buyers wishing to invest in fully tenanted property from R5-million upwards.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Economy X seats now available across Virgin Australia fleet.

first_imgVirgin Australia says its new Economy X seating is now available across its fleet and the extra legroom product is proving popular among passengers.The airline has reconfigured the first three rows of the economy cabin on most of its Boeing 737 fleet to give passengers prepared to shell out extra dollars an additional three inches (7.6cms) of legroom.Combined with exit row seating, this means one in five seats in its B737 economy cabin — 30 seats on a B737-800 —  are now branded Economy X.People who fork out extra for the seats on domestic flights also get preferred overhead locker space, priority boarding and priority security screening.Economy X replaces Economy Space+ on short-haul international flights and includes priority boarding where applicable. On long-haul international flights, it also features guaranteed first meal choice and premium noise-cancelling headphones.The move works on the theory that people are happier to pay more if they think they getting a better experience with additional value but get upset when airlines take away something that was traditionally included in the fare and start charging for it.It comes as Virgin is struggling to move back into profitability after posting a third-quarter net loss of $A69m.“Since Economy X went on sale earlier this year we have had incredible demand from our guests and we can’t wait for them to experience the new product from today,” Virgin Australia Airlines group executive John Thomas said in a statement.“Since Economy X went on sale earlier this year we have had incredible demand from our guests and we can’t wait for them to experience the new product from today.”Touted by the airline as an Australian first, the new product will be available for an additional $29 one-way on short sectors such as Sydney-Melbourne with prices ranging up to an extra $149 on its longest routes to Los Angeles.  A transcontinental route such as Brisbane-Perth will cost an extra $59 each wa.Platinum frequent flyers get it for free.last_img read more

Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem

first_imgA radiant barrier is a shiny panel or flexible membrane used in construction. Although radiant barriers have no R-value, they can be used as part of a building assembly — for example, an assembly made up of a radiant barrier and an air space — to slow heat transfer.The sale and distribution of radiant barriers has always attracted a disproportionate share of scam artists, many of whom promise impossible energy savings. The explanations made by these hucksters usually include multiple references to space vehicles and NASA. Having been swayed by this type of misinformation, a few builders have adopted an almost religious belief in the magical powers of radiant barriers.So, what’s the real scoop on these products?A radiant barrier is a thin sheet of reflective material, often aluminum, applied to a substrate such as kraft paper, plastic film, cardboard, or plywood. By definition, a radiant barrier has a low emissivity (0.1 or less). Radiant barriers reduce radiant heat transfer across the space which they face. The lower a material’s emissivity, the more effective it is at reducing radiant heat transfer.Although radiant barriers can be made from a variety of materials, there is no such thing as radiant barrier paint. No one has yet invented a paint that achieves an emissivity of 0.1 or below. (For more information on low-e paints, see ‘Insulating’ Paint Merchants Dupe Gullible Homeowners.)Radiant barriers that aren’t facing an air space don’t work. If it’s sandwiched between a layer of sand and a concrete slab, it’s a conductor, not an insulator.Although a radiant barrier has no R-value, it can help boost the R-value of an adjacent air space. According to ASHRAE Fundamentals, a vertical 3/4-inch air space has an R-value of about R-1 — assuming that the heat-emitting surface… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Pocari, Creamline shoot for quarterfinal headstart

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Creamline, meanwhile, battles Perlas at 6:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pocari Sweat hopes to steady the ship after a wobbly end to the elimination round when it takes on Air Force in the playoffs of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Creamline, meanwhile, hopes to add consistency to an up-and-down campaign when it battles Perlas in the other women’s match.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Warriors dropped their last two matches in the classification phase and lost to the Power Smashers in the tiebreak for the second and last outright semifinal berth.Pocari thus dropped to the cutthroat quarterfinal phase, where they face the resurgent Air Force Jet Spikers for the second time in three days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPocari hopes to get back at Air Force, which dealt them a stunning 25-19, 24-26, 25-27, 25-21, 15-6 defeat that yanked them out of an outright semifinal berth.Pocari battles Air Force at 4 p.m. hoping to suit up ace Myla Pablo and cover up for the absence of import Edina Selimovic, who is out with a hamstring tear. Rates stands tall after three, leads Masters by 2last_img read more

Explosion at Husky refinery in Wisconsin sends several to hospital

first_imgCALGARY – A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a Wisconsin refinery owned by Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. on Thursday, injuring several people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom.No fatalities have been reported, but at least five people have been taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minn., following the explosion at the oil refinery at about 10 a.m., Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told The Associated Press.Panger didn’t have details about the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded.The 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Superior purchased by Husky last year has been shut down and there’s no word yet on when it might restart, said company spokesman Mel Duvall.“We have responders on site,” he said.“There have been some injuries and those folks are being treated in hospital but all personnel have been accounted for and at this time we are not aware of any fatalities.”He said he couldn’t confirm the cause or location of the incident which occurred about an hour before Husky’s annual general meeting began in Calgary.A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that the explosion sounded like “a sonic boom” and that it happened when crews were working on shutting the plant down for repairs.Panger said the fire was out by 11:20 a.m., although smoke could be seen rising from the plant. Panger said a small tank exploded containing either crude oil or asphalt.Superior police are advising people to stay away from the area and roads around the refinery have been blocked off. There have been no neighbourhood evacuations. Superior is a city of about 27,000 people that borders Minnesota to the north and the tip of Lake Superior.No damage estimate was available. The Superior Fire Department sent all three engine companies to the explosion, and nearby Duluth sent over a command vehicle.Husky announced the purchase of the refinery from Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners last year for $560 million in cash. It’s Wisconsin’s only refinery, and it produces gasoline, asphalt and other products.The refinery, which dates back to the early 1950s, has a processing capacity of around 50,000 barrels per day and a storage capacity of 3.6 million barrels of crude and products. It processes both heavy crude from the Alberta oilsands and lighter North Dakota Bakken crude.– With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more