Towns Fighting Back

April 11, 2012 0

The Irish Daily Star visited Balbriggan as part of their Town’s Fighting Back Series resulting in a full page spread on Friday’s edition. Balbriggan.info were asked to partake along with the Balbriggan & District Chamber of Commerce, Members from the Bracken Boxing Club and the North County Cricket Club , Balbriggan Historical Society, various Traders, Balbriggan Town Council and Fingal County Council.

Some Facts About Balbriggan

Population: 22,676 (town and environs)

Unemployment: 5,114

Average House Price: €170,000

Positive Steps for Balbriggan

  • Heritage Trail through the town being developed by Balbriggan Historical Society
  • Plans to open a Maritime Museum
  • The recent opening of Balbriggan Cancer Support Group offering free care and Services
  • Balbriggan.info to broadcast a programme on the town’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on SKY TV
  • Three festivals including Foodfest, Balbriggan Summerfest scheduled to take place in the summer

As indicated in the The Irish Daily Star local traders should be busier than ever – but they say large retail developments setting up on the outskirts of the town and a downturn in the economy have struck a blow to the once thriving main street. The groups mentioned are working to promote the town and are determined to stop the centre of the town from going under.

We at Balbriggan.info are doing our part to promote Balbriggan by giving the town a structured website to promote local business and capture the great community spirit the town has to offer. It’s our goal to drive as much traffic to the website a recent example being the Balbriggan St Patrick’s Day Parade Live Stream which was viewed all around the world and will be broadcast on Sky TV in the coming weeks (keep your eye on the site for details!). Our website is used extensively by resident and visitors to see what the town has to offer and to check contact details and opening hours of various businesses and services

Joe and I both work full time and we put in a lot of hours into the website in the evenings and at weekends. This can sometimes be a mammoth task given that we both have full time jobs outside of the website however our site is open 24/7 and Joe is always available at the end of the phone at 0872 563748. All emails received into the site are answered on a daily basis and David Brangan covers a wide range of events that happen during the working week and in the evenings also …

Here is a recent Customer Testimonial on how Balbriggan.info has contributed to their business…

Hi Kim,

monica_tolans_new_logoHaving done an analysis on our Traffic to our web site for Jan / Feb and March (did not know how to do such a thing until recently !) we were thrilled to see the volume of traffic coming directly from Balbriggan.info’s web page to our own web page, until this revelation I did not realise the actual importance of being listed on your site and can now see how it has benefited my own business.

The result for us is more customers and for that I can only thank you for playing a key role in our business, you can be assured we will continue to advertise our business with you long into the future – why – Because it works !!

Thanks so much,
Kind Regards,
Rhona Tolan.
Monica Tolan’s Beauty & Skincare Specialists

Front row: David Sorenson - Chairman of Balbriggan Historical Society, Joe Kelly - Balbriggan.info, Cathaoirleach Cllr Grainne Maguire, Cllr May McKeon - Fingal Councy Council, Brendan Purcill - Bracken Boxing Club, Tony Murphy - Goldsmiths Jewellers Middle Row: Kevin Tolan - President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, John Hodgins - Hodgins Furniture, Peggy Quinlan - Balbriggan Cancer Support Group, Gerard Whitehouse - Bracken Boxing Club Back Row: Robert Pendleton - Apache Pizza, John Mooney - Irish Cricketer, Gerry Andrews - Spar, David O'Connor - President of North County Cricket Club

Front row: David Sorenson – Chairman of Balbriggan Historical Society, Joe Kelly – Balbriggan.info, Cathaoirleach Cllr Grainne Maguire, Cllr May McKeon – Fingal Councy Council, Brendan Purcill – Bracken Boxing Club, Tony Murphy – Goldsmiths Jewellers
Middle Row: Kevin Tolan – President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, John Hodgins – Hodgins Furniture, Peggy Quinlan – Balbriggan Cancer Support Group, Gerard Whitehouse – Bracken Boxing Club
Back Row: Robert Pendleton – Apache Pizza, John Mooney – Irish Cricketer, Gerry Andrews – Spar, David O’Connor – President of North County Cricket Club