New service station boost for Knockcroghery

A new service station is set to provide a much needed boost to the village of Knockcroghery when it opens for business at the end of next month, creating up to 12 new full and part-time jobs.

Mee’s Daybreak, which is part of the Musgrave Group, will provide a modern shopping experience, complete with full coffee dock, a ‘Munch and Go’ Deli, an ice-cream bar and fresh, locally-sourced groceries and other essentials.

One of Ireland’s largest fuel suppliers, Inver, will operate the adjoining filling station.

Proprietor Luke Mee, who has similar shops in his native Kilkerrin as well as Ballymoe, says he and his business partner and brother-in-law, Pat Igoe, are looking forward to opening at the end of May.

“It’s an honour to be offering this service in Knockcroghery and serving the local community and passing traffic on this busy route. It really is a beautiful area and there are plenty of tourist attractions nearby too, which haven’t really been tapped into.

“We carried out traffic counts with two different companies, which showed that around 7,500 vehicles come through the village every day, around 6,800 of which are cars,” he said.

Luke has strong connections to County Roscommon through his wife Carmel, an Achill native whose mother hailed from Hillstreet in the north of the county. He says he is delighted with the local response to the news so far.

“There has been a great reaction so far which is great to see. We would be good friends with Anouska (O’Grady Lohan), who runs Ned’s Bar and she has been giving us a heads up about the local area.

“Everything will be brand new, including the pumps and forecourts outside and the counters, shelves and shop fittings inside.

“We will also be sourcing local produce wherever possible and our priority will be to support local businesses,” he said.

Luke added that all going to plan, Mee’s Daybreak and Inver filling station is expected to open prior to the June Bank Holiday weekend.