In brief: To L.A. with love
Last week I received an email from a friend of my sister in Los Angeles asking about getting an Aran cardigan for her mother.
So with her choice of colour, measurements and my camera I visited three shops -- House of Ireland on Dawson Street, The Sweater Shop on Nassau Street and The Donegal Shop in St Stephen's Green Centre.
I was welcomed in every shop with a smile and tape measures were brought out when I produced the measurements I had. I was also told that it was not a problem for me to take photos of any of the cardigans.
I emailed many photos over to America and then I went back and bought a cardigan. I will not name the shop where I bought the cardigan as all the staff in the three shops I went to were superb.
Their welcoming smiles and eagerness to locate the correct cardigan are to be commended.
I also visited the philatelic desk in the GPO the other day and, as I waited my turn, I watched the man behind the desk patiently, and with extreme care, cut and fold over 20 individual stamps that a foreign visitor had selected.
To me, these are the true kings and queens of Irish retail. Day in, day out they provide excellent 100pc dedicated customer service to everyone that crosses their thresholds. Well done.
The cardigan is in the post and my belief that we will get through these tough times was assured by what I experienced.
P Kavanagh Rathgar
a toll tale
AS A taxpayer and a professional driver, I would like to express my annoyance. I've been driving from Dublin to Cork for over 20 years and am vehemently anti-toll.
For those who want to avoid the tolled motorways (M7 and M8), the signposts for the alternative route to Cork (via Abbeyleix and Mitchelstown etc) are, from what I can see, non-existent. As a result, I believe that unknowing motorists are forced into taking what is perceived to be the only route.
More than ever in these difficult times, motorists should be given the choice to pay the tolls (which amount to ¤7.60 for a return trip from Dublin to Cork) or to avoid them.
Signs should be provided for the alternative route. We, as motorists, should be allowed to make the choice; not have it made for us.
P Curtin by email
A marathon effort
June 6 2011 proved to be one of the best mini marathon days yet. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere fantastic, and the best of support was given to thousands of the wonderful women of Ireland. This event is to be envied by those at home and abroad.
The friendship and fun was superb from all ages and the wonderful colour displayed will stay in my memory for a long time.
Congratulations are in order to all those who supported this event and, of course, Dundrum south athletic club. The mini marathon committee work very hard towards making this event world class. Take a bow.
As someone who is proud to have participated in all 29 events, I have the same excited feelings towards it each year and appreciate the fact that good health and the luck of the day has given me 29 medals to have in my possession.
Long live this great event.
J Brady Dundalk Joggers and walkers
WHY can smokers not realise that throwing cigarette butts on the ground is the same as throwing down an empty crisp packet or sweet paper?
For their convenience there are plenty of ashtrays on the streets -- on top of litter bins and outside pubs and restaurants. However, they blithely ignore them and continue to throw their butts on the pavement.
r leahy by email