TCCM chief Mawhinney steps down

Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager Andrew Mawhinney is stepping down.

Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager Andrew Mawhinney is stepping down.

Mr Mawhinney was appointed by Dundalk Business Investment District Scheme (BIDS) when it was set up four years ago.

“This has not been an easy decision,” he said, “but due to family considerations I feel that it is the correct choice at this time.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years in Dundalk. It has, without a doubt, been my most challenging and rewarding job to date. The concept of BIDS and Town Centre Commercial Management is alway going to be a difficult one to sell especially in this very difficult economic climate.

“I have seen the TCCM office evolve from humble beginnings in the Ramparts to our central location on the Market Square, which has seen a major transformation in recent years and is a project that the entire town can be very proud.

“Finding our niche and particular role in the town centre was as expected, a challenge. So many businesses are hurting out there and I think we all have to admit there is no magic formula, but I firmly believe that Dundalk is heading in the right direction.

“We have had our successes as well as failures. Mistakes were made but, more importantly, we learned valuable lessons from them.

“I believe the town has been a much better place for having Dundalk BIDS.

“The Seatown Festival, the Jedward concert, and the skating last Christmas, have been personal highlights.

“The relocation of the tourist office to our office at the Market Square has been a very positive move and the recent publication of the Dundalk Town Tourist Guide is also a wonderful example of everyone working together to produce a quality product and a great advertisemen t for the town,” Mr Mawhinney said.

He thanked Dundalk BIDS Board and in particular it’s chairman Brian O’Neill.