ADARE has historically been strong for small businesses, and that fact still holds true today. The varied businesses in the village include a number of fashionable boutiques, excellent restaurants, traditional bars and well stocked supermarkets and an airy art gallery, Draíocht. The Heritage Centre on Main Street has been a central hub for tourism since its opening in 1994, with souvenirs and hearty meals being served in tandem. Tours for all the attractions are also organised. “Things are great. The facilities of the centre cater to the demands of the huge influx of people to the town. A lot of people don’t know that we are open every day except Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day,” said manager Maeve Martin-Kelly.

“Business is good in the village,” said Louis Murphy of the Dunraven Arms. “The English market is down at the moment, so US visitors are increasingly important. And since we are just 25 minutes from the airport, tourists are using us as a first stop off before heading south to Killarney and so on. But now, Adare is a destination in itself for tourism. The wedding market is also huge for us,” he said. Many of the village’s entrepreneurs organise themselves under the Adare Business Association, as they work together to maximise success. The Chairperson of ABA is Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare.

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