Loving Local: Getting back to business with Blanchardstown Credit Union

By Rose Barrett

Founded in 1970, Blanchardstown and District Credit Union serves over 20,000 members through one office and online channels.  

It is currently driving the CU LOVING LOCAL promotion and advocating the ‘Borrow Local, Shop Local, Stay Local’ motto, encouraging residents of Dublin 15 to keep their shops, services and restaurants in business. 

“Small businesses are the backbone of our community,” said Monika Romanowicz, Digital Transformation & Marketing Officer with Blanchardstown & District CU. “These business people care about their community, they know their customers by name; they are what make our towns special and unique.” 

In support of their LOVING LOCAL campaign, we’re featuring three more local businesses here. 

Roselawn Shopping Centre Newsagents is run by Carmel Felle and family.  

“The newsagents have been here since the ‘70s and I took over the business 20 years ago,” said Carmel.  “It draws a wide clientele from Blanchardstown, Castleknock and Clonsilla.  

“It’s jam packed with newspapers and magazines to suit all tastes and ages, plus a great range of candy, lottery tickets, whipped ice-cream, Leap bus cards, stationery and toys.  

“We stayed open right throughout the restrictions, and I really want to thank staff and our loyal customers for their support. We had a home delivery service for the elderly during the early Covid restrictions. All the local businesses have been impacted this year and we appreciate the CU ‘LOVING LOCAL’ campaign, it’s great to get their support,” said Carmel. Roselawn Newsagents, open 7:30am-8pm, Mon to Sat, and from 8am to 6pm on Sun. 

Rudy’s Restaurant  

One of two restaurant’s owned locally by Sharon and Rudy Gerhardt, Rudy’s Restaurant is located at 17a Main Street, Blanchardstown. Manager Zoltan Kengwel reports it’s great to be back open and to be busy.  

“Our brunch is popular at weekends, when we open at 10am (Sat/Sun) and close at 9pm. Alas, we cannot host our live Spanish music sessions at the moment. But we are open seven days.  

Rudy’s Restaurant boasts an exceptional menu of European dishes from smoky grilled meat dishes to fresh fish and mouth-watering wraps and salads, plus a delightful selection of vegan and vegetarian options.  

“It’s getting busier and we would like to thank the customers for their loyal support – it’s great to be back and to be busy.”  

Bookings at 01 968 5040 or email rudysrestaurant2015@gmail.com 

Blanchardstown Village Wool Shop is located at 1a Deanstown House, Main Street, Blanchardstown. A mother and daughter affair, these two ladies are passionate about crafts and knitting.  

Barbara Fitzpatrick and her daughter Jenny previously worked in a wool section at a business in Superquinn Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown Village.  

When we were made redundant, we invested our redundancy money and opened a wool shop,” said Barbara. “We had been running classes with other knitters so it was a natural progression. Four years later, we’re still here despite Covid 19. In fact, it was even more popular and more necessary during the virus restrictions. 

“The demand is definitely here, for people who are on their own, they find it therapeutic and enjoy the social contact. We used our time during lockdown to set up an online shop which is really popular – see blanchvillagewoolshop.com.” 

Blanchardstown Village Wool Shop, open Mon to Sat, 10am-5pm, phone 01-811 5212.  

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