DRINAGH Co-op Ltd has acquired a new pharmacy business in Bantry, which makes it three in a row for the progressive West Cork company.
The purchase, last week, of O’Sullivan’s Allcare Pharmacy at New Street, means that Drinagh Co-op is now providing a range of vital services in Bantry, as well as Dunmanway and Skibbereen.
Martin O’Mahony, who is the trading manager with Drinagh said: ‘We are delighted – it is a great addition to Drinagh’s existing pharmacy portfolio.’
Mr O’Mahony confirmed that the 11 staff working in O’Sullivan’s will continue to work at the town centre pharmacy in Bantry.
Pauric Kilcullen, the managing pharmacist at O’Sullivan’s, welcomed the announcement saying: ‘The business has changed hands a number of times, but everyone is enthusiastic that it is going back into West Cork hands.’ Although the former owner was Dublin-based, the pharmacy has been in existence, and serving the community of the greater Bantry area, since it was first established in the 1950s.
Pauric – who moved to Bantry with his wife Grainne and their two boys, three years ago – has described the town as ‘a fantastic place’ in which to live and work.
‘It was a fantastic move,’ he said, referring to his relocation and the decision of Drinagh to continue to invest in West Cork pharmacies.
He described O’Sullivan’s as ‘a great hub for the community. It is a place where there is good interaction and you get to know a lot of people.
‘At O’Sullivan’s,’ he added, ‘we continue to provide good value prescriptions, expert healthcare advice, as well as a range of services, such as blood pressure checks, BMI checks, blood glucose checks, as well as iron and cholesterol testing,’ he said.
The pharmacy also provides the winter flu vaccine.