Statement from Mark McNern regarding the Coláiste na Carraige Canteen

Published: Monday, 12 April 2021

It is with huge regret that I am unable to continue with the canteen service at Coláiste Na Carraige.

I set up this business 10 years ago and I'm extremely disappointed to be leaving.

But unfortunately unlike other businesses that have received pandemic assistance payable on rates paid, I am not eligible for any grant aid or help of any kind and believe me I have tried every avenue!

With the two lockdowns and all the changes in the last year or more I am not in a position to continue.

I made this decision and contacted the ETB and the Principal at the end of March to make them aware of this.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coláiste Na Carraige from serving dinners and snacks to the kids and having a chat with them to supplying and serving refreshments for every occasion throughout the years which was my way of giving back to our community and to the school.

I would like to thank all the students and parents, past and present and everyone who has supported me over the past 10 years.

I hope that someone would consider taking over the canteen and anyone interested can contact Coláiste Na Carraige or myself.


Mark McNern.

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