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Arthur Kennedy Chemist - Always There To Care

Arthur Kennedy Chemist has traded as an integral part of the local Community in Hacketstown and the hinterland for over 60 years. Arthur opened the pharmacy in Hacketstown in 1960 initially trading as Coogan & Kennedy. The business offers all pharmacy services, cosmetics, fragrances, gifts and veterinary medicine supplies and advice.

The pharmacy was run by Arthur and his wife Sheila until his death in 2002. The building was renovated and extended in 2003 to modernise the pharmacy and Micheál Walsh took over the business in 2007. Micheál has continued to build the business in line with current developments and changes. In 2015 Gallagher Medical Centre opened next to the pharmacy and the HSE also co-located in the Medical Centre in 2017.


Whites Pharmacy - Always There To Care

Whites Pharmacy has been serving the community in Carlow since 1956. Michael and Kitty White opened and ran the pharmacy until it was taken over by Paul and his wife Anita in 1990. Paul and Anita along with their excellent staff continued to provide customers with a professional and personal service until their retirement in December 2020 when the Pharmacy was acquired by Micheál Walsh. Micheál also owns and runs Arthur Kennedy Chemist Ltd in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow and has continued to maintain the professional and caring service to Whites customers.

The business offers prescription and otc medication, pharmacy services, vaccinations and an extensive range of cosmetics, fragrances and pharmacy gifts.

Orlagh Brennan is the Supervising Pharmacist and manages the day to day operations of the business.

Our Pharmacists at White's and Arthur Kennedys

Orlagh Brennan

Orlagh graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and returned to her native Carlow to work in Kennedys Chemist Hacketstown.

In 2007 Orlagh started working in Whites Pharmacy alongside Paul and is always on hand to offer expert advice on medications and treatments.

Her caring personality makes her perfectly suited to looking after you and your family. Since December 2020 Orlagh has taken on the supervising Pharmacist role at Whites and continues to maintain the ethos and culture of the business created by the White family.

Micheál Walsh

Micheál graduated from Sunderland University in the UK in 1999.  He managed a number of pharmacies in the UK before returning to Ireland in 2004.    

In 2007 he acquired Arthur Kennedy Chemist in Hacketstown and has been the community’s local pharmacist to the present day.

Micheál has continued Arthur Kennedy’s legacy of providing a high standard of health care and pharmacy services to the customers in  counties Carlow and Wicklow.  In December 2020 Micheál acquired Whites Pharmacy in Carlow and has now created the Always There Group.   

Jill Kinsella

Jill studied her BSc. Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin before completing her Masters in Pharmacy at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in 2013.  She then moved home to work in her local Arthur Kennedy Chemist in 2014.

In 2021 Jill joined the Whites Pharmacy team and works in both locations to provide to our customers with professional advice on prescriptions, over the counter products and general health.

Jill is our vaccinating pharmacist and administers both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines in Arthur Kennedy’s Chemist and Whites Pharmacy.



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