Renowned Shandon sweet factory reopens 

Renowned Shandon sweet factory reopens 

Dan Linehan of Shandon Sweets on John Redmond street Picture: Eddie O'Hare

One of the most iconic businesses in Cork has reopened its doors after being shut for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Shandon Sweets, a renowned family business in Cork for many decades, has been closed since March due to Covid-19 but today the sweet factory is welcoming customers back in.

The business is run by father and son duo Dan and Tony Linehan and has operated in the area since the 1920s. 

Shandon Sweets is famous for its hard-boiled sweets including bulls eyes, clove rocks, pear drops, cough drops, butter nugget sweets and their most popular product, 'brus' - the "leftover shrapnel" from the main batches of sweets.

Located on John Redmond Street, all the sweets are made on the premises using the same ingredients since the late 1920s; sugar, sucrose, syrup and water.

Tony Linehan, and his father Dan of Linehan Sweets (Shandon Sweets) on John Redmond Street. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Tony Linehan, and his father Dan of Linehan Sweets (Shandon Sweets) on John Redmond Street. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

In July of last year, a small commercial fire forced the business to close for almost five months.

Shandon Sweets reopened in December 2019 but had to close once again in March due to Government guidelines around Covid-19.

However, the resilient business took to social media today to announce their reopening and to thank the people of Cork for their support.

"I can finally say that we are officially open!

"And great news, we are now accepting card payments too.

"Thanks for the support over recent months and looking forward to getting back into it," they said. 

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