With some bit of luck, we may yet have a good summer to look forward to. We’ve had one or two good days lately giving us a chance to do some of the jobs in the home and garden that are waiting to be tackled after the long winter.

Maloney Hardware in SkyCourt and their specialist company, Maloney Garden Machinery, in Smithstown have a great range of garden products to help get you started.
Whether you need a new lawnmower or grass-feed, Maloney’s is the go-to place for all your garden requirements. You can also pick up leading brands of interior and exterior paints as well as tools and plumbing or electrical items.
Shanahan Paints, on the Link Road, Smithstown, has been in the business for many years and have the knowledge and expertise to advise you on colours for each room in your home.
Recently, Shanahan’s have become stockists of Home Square stylish accessories for every home at affordable prices. The range includes chairs, framed pictures, lanterns and colourful cushions.
Shanahan’s now also stock a range of Yankee Candles to give your rooms a calming and fragrant odour. So if you’re shopping for a gift or something for your own home, check out their website or call in and see for yourself.
Maybe you are on the look-out for some new furniture for your home – and who isn’t! Then a short trip to Ennis Home Furniture is a must for you will be spoiled for choice.
Owned and managed by Shannon man Brendan Reidy, Ennis Home Furniture has a huge selection of quality products at the very best prices around.
There you will find a beautiful selection of suites and dining sets to complement any home.
Upstairs is an Aladdin’s Cave of top quality beds and bedroom furniture including mattresses, headboards, wardrobes and chests of drawers.
Are you waking each morning with a sore back? If so you should consider changing your mattress. Brendan has Orthopaedic mattresses well priced from as little as €249.
Follow-up service is excellent with prompt, free delivery making it easy to just choose your furniture and have it delivered to your home within days.
Is your old kitchen getting you down? Then it’s time to start planning a revamp or a brand new kitchen. Local man Donal Magee, who is well known in sporting circles, is managing director of WPI Building Service Consultancy and specialises in designing and installing classic and contemporary kitchens.
Having gained much of his experience when working in the US, Donal has been operating from his home in Shannon for many years and carries out work and contracts throughout the country.
Energy efficiency just makes sense these days and one of the first places you should look if you are experiencing draughts and heat loss is your doors and windows.
D&H Windows and Doors are 24 years in business and based in Smithstown. They have a great selection of the latest stylish, affordable and energy-efficient windows and doors for you to choose from.
The company also replace existing windows and repair faulty locks. Call now for a free quotation and Philip will call to see you and offer his professional advice. D&H is prompt and professional and can definitely be relied upon.
Finally, if its new gates or railings you need, then Fisherton Ironworks on the main road at Smithstown, produce and fit high-quality metal gates and railings.
All gates are custom made to suit each individual premises. They will call and take precise measurements before handcrafting your ironwork in their own workshop.
Whatever your needs are, please try to keep your business local where possible to ensure that we will continue to have good local businesses and skilled craftsmen close to home.
Buying locally means that you are helping to protect jobs in your own area and not giving your hard-earned cash to anonymous people on the internet.