THE father-daughter duo who run Nosh and Coffee in Ballincollig have opened up a coffee dock at the Regional Park in partnership with the local GAA called ‘An Cumann Tae’.
Lilly McNamara, aged 30, and her father John, aged 72, have been running the local coffee haunt in the city suburb for the past 12 years and recently decided to open a second unit at the park with the help of the Ballincollig GAA Club.
“It all happened very quickly,” Lilly said, “We were talking about it for a while and then we eventually just said, yes, let’s do it!”
Lilly said the mobile unit container arrived on Thursday and the new coffee dock was up and running by Saturday morning in the carpark of the Ballincollig GAA grounds, thanks to the help of the community.
“It’s been a real group effort, we know a lot of the GAA heads from coming into Nosh and Coffee in the shopping centre and everyone has been so helpful, sorting out the gardening and even passers-by helping us to put up signs, but that is just Ballincollig for you, everyone is so helpful.”
Lilly said she would be hoping to open in line with the GAA training and match schedule, but may also open at other busy park times.
“It is primarily focused on providing coffee to parents at training sessions and matches but hopefully there will be a few other customers as well.”
Lilly, who has a four-year-old daughter Annie, said that she knew what it was like to be on the sideline supporting your child, without a nice hot coffee to keep you going and she wanted to provide this service to the local community.
“I’m excited about this new venture. So far the feedback has been very positive and people have been very nice.”
In terms of coffee competition, Lilly said there is no rivalry with Margaret Long who owns Cafe Chico which has been operating at the main entrance of the park for the past eight years.
“Margaret and I are firm friends and we are always helping each other out. We actually live in the same estate!
“I remember when Margaret was first opening up in the park, I would send down some of my staff from Nosh and Coffee to help her out.
“Now she is helping me out with setting up this mobile unit, answering questions and giving me advice. It’s just lovely.”