McDonald’s boost to Kildare economy

The newest restaurant in Kilcullen will be the 95th restaurant in Ireland following the €750,000 investment into the project.

McDonald’s Ireland has created 70 new jobs in Kilcullen, Co Kildare after opening a new restaurant which will come as a massive boost to the local economy.

The restaurant is situated at the recently opened Circle K M9 Kilcullen service station (between Junctions 2 and 3) in Kilcullen and will offer seating for up to 86 people.

This newest restaurant will be the 95th restaurant in Ireland following the €750,000 investment into the project.

“It is important that our customers can access the best family-friendly facilities and services on offer”

McDonald’s Kilcullen will be operated by franchisee Sean Quirke, who owns and operates four other restaurants, two in Naas and Newbridge in Kildare, and The Ilac Centre and Mary Street restaurants in Dublin.

McDonald’s was first established in Ireland in 1977 and since then has grown its workforce to more than 5,000, with 90pc of restaurants owned and operated by 22 franchisees.

Sean Quirke brought the first McDonald’s to Kildare in 1998, when he opened the Naas town restaurant. McDonald’s Kilcullen will offer table service to its customers and self-order kiosks, which will allow customers to make more personalised food choices.

Speaking at the restaurant’s grand opening, Sean Quirke said: “I am very excited to officially open this new restaurant in Kilcullen and we can’t wait to welcome our customers through the doors.

“It is important that our customers can access the best family-friendly facilities and services on offer and this new restaurant in Kilcullen provides that in abundance. Most importantly, we will serve made-to-order meals using the best quality ingredients, in the most efficient time possible.”

Sarah Carter, director of franchising and operations for McDonald’s in Ireland said; “We are proud to open our 95th restaurant in Ireland. In the 42 years since McDonald’s opened its first restaurant on Grafton Street, it has become a fixture in towns and cities across the country, creating employment, investing in local communities and supporting Irish food suppliers.”

The restaurant will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and like all McDonald’s restaurants across Ireland, the beef, bacon, milk, water and eggs served in McDonalds Kilcullen will be 100pc Irish.

McDonald’s Europe is the single largest purchaser of Irish beef by volume and one in every five hamburgers sold in McDonald’s across Europe every year is of Irish origin. The company also exports Irish dairy produce, bacon and eggs into the McDonald’s system internationally.

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 19 November, 2019