New County Limerick business is burgled in first week

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Nessa Maher, who had �4,000 worth of beauty products stolen; Lisa Shanahan, hairdresser
A COUNTY Limerick beautician had all her stock stolen just one week after opening her premises.

A COUNTY Limerick beautician had all her stock stolen just one week after opening her premises.

Nessa Maher, from Cappamore, opened up Nessa’s Beauty in Doon on November 1. Exactly a week later thieves broke in during the early hours of the morning and stole over €4,000 worth of her products.

Ms Maher said they took everything and unfortunately they weren’t insured.

“When I came in the following morning I just couldn’t believe it. All I could see was cartons on the floor.

“It felt like I was kicked in the stomach. I just stood there for minutes staring at it thinking this is not happening,” said Ms Maher. The thieves had broken in through a back window of her business in the Togher Road.

Nessa has been working in the beauty industry in Limerick for almost 10 years.

“It has been years of building it up and saving to buy products so I am back to square one,” said Nessa.

To compound matters she was knocked down in Doon five weeks earlier and suffered ligament damage.

“I am just out of the cast on my leg. All I can do is laugh, there is no point crying about it.

“There were some tough days but I have very good friends and family so that is the only reason I am still going,” said Nessa.

And she has no intention of letting the criminals destroy her business.

Less than a year ago she discovered a niche in the market and started her own mobile beauty business - Nessa’s Beauty in the comfort of your own home. She does anything from waxing, manicures, pedicures to spray tans, all in your front room.

“I had my wax pot in my van so I can still wax and people have been very good to me. Locals have been donating nail varnishes, brushes etc.

“I had one lady in who bought nail varnish and I don’t think she even wanted that colour. Others have been booking appointments when they don’t even need it. People have been amazing - they have been phoning, sending cards, flowers,” said Nessa.

She says gardai told her the criminals targeted her because of her new products.

They included Mac and Inglot cosmetics; Neal’s Yard facial products; Gelish nail and OPI nail polishes and more. Valued at over €4,000, they weren’t insured.

“I had public liability for customers but I put the contents insurance on the long finger until I got up and running. I started with one budget but by the time I was finished it was trebled,” said Nessa.

A terrible blow starting off in business could knock others but not Nessa. She and hairdresser Lisa Shanahan, whose salon is in the same building, are organising an open evening from 6.30pm on Friday, November 29. All are welcome to come along, meet the ladies and learn more about their hair and beauty treatments and products.

If you are offered beauty products like the ones mentioned or have any information on the burglary which occurred sometime between November 7 and November 8 in Doon please contact Bruff garda station on 061 382940.