Ring O Roses for sale – “I thought I’ll do a couple of bouquets here and there – never in a million years did I expect it to be so successful,” said Patricia.
27-year-old beloved Limerick business Ring O Roses is up for sale
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
Ring O’Roses, a floral business that has been a part of Limerick since 1997, is now on the market. The beloved family-run company has provided the people of Limerick with fresh, long-lasting flowers for many years.
Owner Patricia Irwin, who was named Limerick Business Woman of the Year in 2013, said of starting out in the trade, “I’ve always had an interest in flowers, even as a child. In the early 90s, I attended a class for dried flower craft, then I taught it for a few years and my love of flowers just grew from there.
“In 1995 a friend of mine asked me if I would do her wedding flowers and I thought to myself – fresh flowers, what am I going to do with them? So, I went away and started experimenting with fresh flowers, and as they say, the rest is history. I went ahead and registered my business and thought I’ll do a couple of bouquets here and there, never in a million years did I expect it to be so successful.”
The booming business supplies flowers to over 80 weddings each year.
Ring O’Roses has survived through two recessions and was able to sustain itself during the pandemic.
“This business can be run from anywhere in Limerick,” Patricia says, as it has seen great success despite moving from Mungret Street (where it resided for 16 years) to Dooradoyle in 2016.
Before the pandemic, Patricia decided she was going retire in March 2022 and start a new path as a celebrant, something that won’t require as much work as Ring O’Roses. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
The Limerick community has consistently supported Ring O’Roses, but the business also interacts with customers outside of Ireland through its website.
Due to the unfortunate passing of three close friends, Patricia decided to set up an automatic donation of ten percent of all funeral proceeds, going to Milford Care Centre. Back in 2014, the Limerick florist donated €10,000 to Milford Hospice.
Patricia has kindly given back to the local community for their support throughout the years, and also donates to Pieta House.
Ring O’Roses is a fantastic and rewarding opportunity for someone with a business mindset. To get in touch with Patricia in regards to purchasing the business, contact [email protected].
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