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Ian Gardiner unfortunately had to close the doors of his business Gardiners Foodhall two weeks after its opening.

Gardiner’s Foodhall was a modern butcher shop and deli located on Church Street in Newcastle West

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by Tom Ruddle, the president of the Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce to help local man Ian Gardiner following a serious workplace accident.

The fundraising page is in aid of Ian Gardiner, who suffered a very unfortunate injury which resulted in the butcher losing three fingers on July 15 at Gardiner’s Foodhall, his recently opened business.

Gardiner’s Foodhall was a modern butcher shop and deli located on Church Street in Newcastle West. The business was working with full carcass beef and lamb sourced from Bord Bia registered farms.

Gardiners Foodhall was only open two weeks when Ian when the accident occurred, forcing the premature closure of the business which had fast become the people’s go-to in Newcastle West.

Ian Gardiner posted to the business’s Facebook page to say that he will be closing the Foodhall as it is no longer sustainable to run following his accident.

Tom used the GoFundMe page to write, “Ian will need constant medical care over the next year and will be unable to work. The Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to the public and business community in and around Newcastle West and elsewhere to give support towards his medical and other expenses over the next 12 months.”

The GoFundMe has already reached €4,455, with the goal being €3,000.

Fans of the business took to the Facebook page to write about their heartbreak at the incident and the closure of the business.

One user wrote, “Such a pity to have to close your doors, you worked so hard for it, and it was a great shop in such a short time it was the talk of the town. Wishing you a speedy recovery.”

Another user said, “Ian it was a huge achievement to open your own business, always be proud of that. Remember what’s for you won’t pass you, there is obviously a bigger plan waiting for you. I wish you well, keep the head up.”

Lastly, a user commented, “Sorry to hear about your injury Ian, your business will be a big loss to Newcastle West, I hope you have a good recovery and I wish you nothing but the best and every success in the future.”

To donate to the GoFundMe for Ian Gardiner, go HERE

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