Shedding Light on the Rhodo Problem in Killarney

Killarney Haven

This November, Killarney National Park is teaming up with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Haven Pharmacy and the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to help protect a vital part of Ireland’s natural heritage.


The initiative which was spearheaded by Haven Pharmacist and local Killarney businessman Finbarr Kennelly, will see dozens of Men’s sheds members from across the country descend upon Killarney National Park to help tackle the problem of invasive rhododendrons. It will run from November 5th to November 8th.  Through the generosity of Killarney Chamber & Hoteliers, all those attending will be accommodated and fed for the duration of their stay in Killarney.


Killarney National Park is one of Ireland’s natural treasures. An unspoiled habitat of lakes, mountains and unique wildlife, the Park attracts droves of tourists and visitors each year.


Invasive rhododendrons, whose unconstrained growth is a danger to flora and fauna, threaten the Park’s natural beauty and delicate ecosystems.

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Rhododendron ponticum, the invasive species affecting Killarney National Park, is not native to Northern Europe. Despite its attractive purple flower, Rhododendron ponticum is harmful to wildlife, dangerous to people due to its unrestricted growth, and starves other plants of sun and sustenance beneath its tall, dense thickets.


While Killarney National Park has been fighting a rear-guard action against rhododendrons for over 30 years, the sheer size of the 10,000-hectare park presents serious challenges. This initiative represents an innovative approach – an attempt to harness the efforts of the whole community against this threat to one of Ireland’s most-visited sites of natural beauty.

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Paul O’Neill of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce says:

“It is easy to see Killarney as a successful tourism town, but at its heart are communities of people who work together tirelessly to protect and enhance the National Park.  This initiative brings those communities together on a national scale and we are delighted to extend our hospitality to The Men’s Shed volunteers this November”

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Indepharm Chairman Keith Brennan says: “Indepharm & Haven Pharmacy partnered with Men’s Sheds earlier this year as its values and commitment to local Irish communities aligned perfectly with those of Men’s Sheds. Our member Finbarr Kennelly saw an excellent opportunity for Haven Pharmacy and Men’s Sheds to support Killarney National Park and the Killarney Chamber of Commerce in clearing the Rhododendron in the National Park. We are delighted to see the partnership at the forefront of such an important initiative and it would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of Killarney Hotels and cooperation of the Chamber.”


Tim Calalane, NP&WS (National Parks & Wildlife Service): There are about 3100 hectares of killarney National Park that have varying degrees of rhododendron infestation.  Currently, approx. 2300 hectares (74%) of the park is under active management preventing rhododendron from becoming re-established following initial clearances using efficient and environmentally friendly methods. This programme consists of a few different elements of which volunteers play a pivotal role.  Along with a year-round student program, Voluntary Services International also hosts four two-week work camps over the summer months and finally the Killarney Mountain Meitheal have also been working tirelessly over the last number of winters eradicating rhododendron in different locations in the park. There are also annual contracts for areas that are not suitable for volunteers to work in.


Barry Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Shed Association, said “it’s an absolute pleasure for us to be involved. Men’s sheds are rooted in their local communities, but they also form a national network of like-minded men. Projects such as this show just how much our shedders have to contribute”.


The initiative takes place under the auspices of the Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal which is sponsored by the Trustees of Muckross House – the meitheal being an ancient Irish agricultural practice which brings rural communities together in common cause. The initiative will run from Sunday November 5th to Wednesday November 8th. The volunteers will be specifically trained in using the approved “snip and spray” method which has proven to be effective at restricting the regrowth of the invasive plants.


Haven Pharmacy Have Joined the Christmas Campaign That Everyone Is Talking About…

Haven Pharmacy are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with the Beaumont Hospital Foundation Ireland, for their Christmas #Knitivity campaign.

This is a fantastic initiative that invites people up and down the country to knit or crochet a Christmas character that can be sold to raise funds for the Beaumont Hospital Foundation. Each character is unique and comes in a beautiful bag, with a tag detailing the name of the person who made the character, where they are from and why they wanted to help the Beaumont Hospital Foundation.

Up to now, the pattern packs and characters were only available directly from Beaumont Hospital but they will soon be available in Haven Pharmacies across the country.


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Indepharm and Haven Pharmacy Chairman Keith Brennan explains why Haven Pharmacy are getting involved :

“Due to the high number of people in Ireland supporting the Knitivity campaign, Haven Pharmacy have offered to assist the Beaumont Hospital Foundation by distributing the Knitivity pattern packs and selling the characters in all of our 54 pharmacies, with 100% of the proceeds going back to Beaumont Hospital Foundation. As all Haven Members are rooted in Irish communities, we regularly get involved in local fundraising. This link with the Beaumont Hospital Foundation is the perfect opportunity for us to come together as a group for an excellent cause”

Paddy Delaney, Managing Director of Beaumont Hospital Foundation said:

“We’ve been truly amazed by the generosity of Ireland’s knitters in communities countrywide who are currently busy knitting and crocheting Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer’s for the Knitivity campaign. The gift of their time and creativity will be of enormous benefit to Beaumont Hospital Foundation in funding new and improved equipment to the hospital’s busy theatres and wards. We are very grateful  to the Haven Pharmacy group for giving us their support which will help us to reduce costs and provide us with invaluable retail space for the wonderful Knitivity products, allowing those knit locally to be sold locally”.

There are three characters available to knit and/or purchase: Monty the Reindeer, Dr. Claus and Beau the Elf. Each pack contains step by step guidelines on how to knit or crochet each character and a label to add your own personal message.

If you, or anyone you know would like to get involved, you can drop into your local Haven Pharmacy or contact Beaumont Hospital Foundation on 01 – 809 2457/email or visit their website

Thank You,

The Haven Pharmacy Team

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IndePharm Chairman (Keith Brennan) and Beaumont Hospital

Foundation Managing Director (Paddy Delaney)



Haven Pharmacy and Irish Mens Sheds announce multi-year partnership

IndePharm, the co-operative group of pharmacies, trading under the Haven Pharmacy brand has announced its intention to partner with the Irish Mens Sheds Association in a multi-year sponsorship agreement. All members of the IndePharm co-operative are working pharmacists embedded in their own local communities – many for generations.

The announcement was made jointly by IndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan, and Irish Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan, at IndePharm’s recent AGM in Kilkenny. “Our co-operative ethos is to help to improve the health and well-being of patients and customers in our local communities. Irish Mens Sheds complements this through its programme of activities focused on men meeting to improve their own wellbeing by keeping physically, mentally and socially active” said Keith Brennan.

IndePharm plans to significantly increase its network of pharmacies from its existing 52 Haven Pharmacy stores over the next few years. This ambitious plan is supported by a detailed programme of member supports and initiatives to further improve buying opportunities; upgrade technology platforms; build the Haven Pharmacy brand to drive enquiries to its digital channels and increase footfall in its pharmacy stores.

Irish Mens Sheds is a registered charity focused on supporting a grassroots network of sheds, workshops and meeting places for men of all ages. There are 350 sheds in 150 towns with 10,000 members across Ireland. Its patron is President Michael D Higgins.

IndePharm will provide central funding and advisory services to Irish Mens Sheds and this will be supported by Haven Pharmacies in local communities through the promotion of Health and Wellness awareness initiatives. Developing strong local ties with Mens Sheds members and their families will be actively encouraged.


Barry Sheridan, Irish Mens Sheds CEO, commented:
‘The IMSA is delighted to partner with IndePharm and Haven Pharmacy. This is a practical, mutually beneficial partnership which has one key focus – working together to deliver better health to communities throughout Ireland. While our member sheds cater specifically to men, the knock-on benefits to families and communities are huge, and this partnership can only strengthen those gains. Men’s sheds are grassroots, member-focused and rooted firmly in communities, so there’s an obvious synergy with IndePharm. This partnership has real potential to build on the strengths of both organisations to the benefit of Irish society as a whole’.


haven-mens-shedsIndePharm Chairman, Keith Brennan (left) with Mens Sheds CEO, Barry Sheridan (right)
at the announcement of a new multi-year partnership.


Back to School with Haven Pharmacy

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Expert Hands Colouring Competition – Any budding young artists out there? Here at Haven we’re running a back to school colouring competition with the help of artist Don Conroy. Collect your entry form in any Haven Pharmacy today and be in with a chance to WIN some great prizes including art kits and a family holiday to Trabolgan!


Haven Pharmacy Lanes Launch

The delightful staff of Haven Pharmacy Billy, Mark, Louise, Jella, Shona, Gillian and Louise

The delightful staff of Haven Pharmacy Billy, Mark, Louise, Jella, Shona, Gillian and Louise

The following article originally appeared in the Limerick Post.

HAVEN Pharmacy on Lower Gerald Griffin Street used to be named LC Pharmacy. It’s now officially Haven Pharmacy following its new identity launch on Friday July 10 which saw Munster and Ireland Rugby star Marcus Horan cut the tape in a big party that rewarded crowds with goody bags, face painting, spot prizes food and cake and what Haven Pharmacy will make its name on, amazing value offers. “We are the leading fastest growing network of Irish independent community pharmacists in the country,” says owner and pharmacist Billy Lane. “We are in control of our own businesses but we operate under the banner of Haven Pharmacy which is synonymous with expert professional care from your local pharmacy team. We bring you excellent value and service in your retail experience with us.”

BILLY and his pharmacy team were delighted with the turn-out and warmth of last Friday July 10’s big day for the company and has special thanks for those who made its impact possible: “Marcus Horan was a credit to himself. He greeted all customers, stood for photos and even let the kids take photos with his precious Heineken and Six Nations medals – a true gentleman”. There was praise too for Sophie, the wonderful and talented face painter, Anthony aka Mickey Mouse who danced with all the kids; Boxes, Bows and Balloons, Corbally for the beautiful balloons on display in the pharmacy; Parle & Hickey, Jaymark and Celtic Candles for the spot prizes and a special thanks to the Charleville Park Hotel, Cork for the big prize give away. “And a big thank you to all our loyal customers who joined us on the day here at Haven Pharmacy,” Billy says.

GIVEN its central location, close to bus stops and the bus/ railway station, Haven Pharmacy has been designed to appeal to the local customer and all their needs – retail, beauty, sun care, as well as pharmacy and consultation – with personal, friendly, experienced service and every respect for client confidentiality. “We are also committed to ongoing training which every staff member will benefit from in areas such as customer service, product knowledge, merchandising and professional services.” Billy would like to thank all his professional staff for their commitment and for embracing this new venture.

Haven Pharmacy is at Lower Gerald Griffin St Limerick. Tel 061-415290. Sister company Haven Pharmacy is at Davis Street, Tel. 061-414330


Haven Pharmacy Brennans launches in Cavan

Haven Pharmacy Cavan Launch

Valu Plus Pharmacy, Cavan, rebranded to Haven Pharmacy Cavan on Friday 8 April 2016.

The pharmacy has been open since november 2008 and is owned by Kieran Brennan who is a pharmacist at Haven Pharmacy, Barna, Galway. Kieran is also owner of pharmacies at Killybegs and Mullingar.

A large crowd attended the official re-branding where an iPad Air, a weekend away, large hampers and a lots more prizes were raffled on the day. Northern Sound radio station brought their Outside Broadcast team to the pharmacy for two live shows on the day, helping all the team at Haven Pharmacy Cavan to celebrate the occasion with all of their loyal and regular customer.

Along with Kieran Brennan, his wife Angela and their four children, there was also a guest appearance from former Tyrone footballer turned Sky Sports GAA correspondant Peter Canavan who officially cut the ribbon.

Pictured above are all the Haven Pharmacy Cavan staff, including Maria O’Reilly , supervising pharmacist, and Kieran Brennan, principal owner.


Haven Annual Awards 2015

Haven Pharmacy celebrated it’s second annual Haven Pharmacy awards night on Saturday 21st November in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Carlow.  With Brian Ormond returning as MC and surprise guest Oliver Callan as entertainment it was a great success.

Attended by 400 pharmacists, staff, employees of Haven Pharmacy co-operative the night was a chance to acknowledge the hard work and recognise those who have excelled in the implementation of the Haven brand in their pharmacies.

A special thank you to all our sponsors – Clonmel Healthcare, Omega Pharma, United Drug, Cosmetic Active, UniPhar, Reckitt Benckiser, Glaxosmithkline, Ulster Bank, Fleming Medical, Meda, HMR, PCO, Visualise, Teva, Parle & Hickey, Naturalife, Sam McLernons, Ocean Healthcare. Premium Shop Fitting and PKF.

We were delighted to have raised approx. €5,400 for our chosen charity on the night Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Congratulations to the winners in each category as shown below and to the nominees on their achievement.

  • Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Clonmel Healthcare

Haven Pharmacy Hickey’s, Rush, Dublin

  •  Customer Services Team of the Year – sponsored by Omega Pharma

Haven Pharmacy Brennan’s, Taylor Lane, Ballyboden, Dublin

  • Dispensary Team of the Year – sponsored by United Drug

Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s, Dungarvan, Waterford

  • Haven Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Cosmetique Active

Sarah O’Sullivan, Haven Pharmacy Butlers Birr, Offaly

  • Pharmacy Services Team of the year – sponsored by UniPhar

Haven Pharmacy Murray’s Killiney, Dublin

  • ront of Shop Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser

Haven Pharmacy Kennelly’s Tralee, Kerry

  • Top 5 and Brand Application of the Year – sponsored by Glaxosmithkline

Haven Pharmacy Moloney’s Ballyfermot, Dublin

  • Newly Branded Pharmacy of the Year – sponsored by Ulster Bank

Haven Pharmacy Burkes, Macroom, Cork


Opening of Haven Pharmacy Duleek

Congratulations to Tom and Kathy Maher and their team on the newly opened re-branded Haven Pharmacy Duleek. Haven Pharmacy Duleek is the 42nd Haven branded store to open as part of the Haven Pharmacy co-operative group, offering their local community expert advice combined with fantastic value.

Haven Pharmacy Duleek