Ted and Ruby mark Whitewater Shopping Centre’s eighth year

Injured Jockey Ruby Walsh was in great form today and joined  Ballymore Group Director Paul Keogh,  WhiteWater Shopping Centre Developer Sean Mulryan & Centre Manager Ingrid Ryan to celebrate eight years of trading and the coming of Spring and a brighter future at the Newbridge venue, Co.Kildare. Happily Ruby turned up without a cast but Paul, Sean & Ingrid were on hand to help with the bags.Sean Mulryan, founder of Ballymore, the developer of WhiteWater welcomed guests and said:-   �SKildare is a county on the up with increasing employment, population growth and quality of life second to none. I like to think of WhiteWater Shopping centre as an integral part of the heart and soul of County Kildare along with the county's thoroughbreds, and its array of great sports stars. Over 5 million shoppers go through Whitewater each year and this number is growing at an annual rate of 8%. 825 people are employed at Whitewater. We are very proud that it is the 3rd largest shopping centre in Leinster, we feel that is a
Whitewater Shopping Centre celebrated its eighth anniversary last Tuesday with an audience with the dynamic racing duo Ted and Ruby Walsh.

Whitewater Shopping Centre celebrated its eighth anniversary last Tuesday with an audience with the dynamic racing duo Ted and Ruby Walsh.

Ted, who orginally hails from Cork, declared himself a fully fleged Lilywhite man after 56 years of living in Kildare.

The duo discussed the highs and lows of Cheltenham, cyber bullying, the recent changes to Aintree and whether Ruby, who broke his arm last week, will be back in form for Punchestown.

“I shout for Kildare now,” said Ted after he was asked who he would shout for in a soccer game between Kildare and Cork. “I’m living her 56 years now and that makes me a Lilywhite.”

The Centre’s group director Paul Keogh welcomed those in attendance, which included the Mayor of Newbridge Mick Deely, horse trainer Jessica Harrington, car dealer Bill Cullen, local TD Sean O’Fearghail and Whitewater developer Sean Mulryan. Those in attendance heard that despite the recession and the knock on affect in consumer confidence, the future looks bright for Kildare with unemployment falling, the equine industry employing 10,000 people locally and the Kerry Group in Naas to employ 900 in Kildare by 2015.

“Whitewater is not just about shopping,” said Paul Keogh. “It has become a focal point for the community - over 10,000 people pass through the doors at peak times in any given week. It is a destination.”

There was no mention of the recent loss of big stores such as Monsoon and HMV however, Mr Keogh added that footfall has risen in the centre, which employs 825 people, since 2006 by 40 percennt with 5 million visitors annually. Meanwhile a new sporting Wall of Fame for all sports people living in Kildare was launched with a photograph of the Walshes.