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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, 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 Carlow - 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.

Whites Pharmacy Kilkenny - Always There To Care

Whites Pharmacy  has deep roots in the heart of Kilkenny City Established in 1953 by Michael and Kathleen White. The pharmacy began its journey at the old Teehan's Medical Hall on 101 High Street Kilkenny, directly across from our current location.

Under the dedicated leadership of their son Kieran, Whites Pharmacy continued to flourish, upholding the family's unwavering commitment to care and service until Kieran's retirement in December 2022.

With the transition to Micheál Walsh in December 2022, we ensure the legacy of quality care endures. As the proprietor of Arthur Kennedy Chemist Ltd in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, and Whites Pharmacy on Tullow Street in Carlow Town, Micheál brings extensive experience and an unwavering dedication to maintaining the professional and compassionate service our customers expect from Whites Pharmacy

Philip, our Supervising Pharmacist, now leads our team with dedication and expertise, ensuring that the traditions of quality care continue to thrive. With a focus on professionalism and compassion, Philip and our staff are here to meet all your healthcare needs.

At Whites Pharmacy, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive range of prescription and over-the-counter medications, along with pharmacy services, vaccinations, and a curated selection of cosmetics, fragrances, and pharmacy gifts.

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.   

Philip Cooney 

Philip graduated from UCC in 2018 and completed a Masters Degree in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in 2019, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and a passion for pharmacy. He joined the Whites Pharmacy team in October 2021, and he has been a vital part of our team ever since.

A native of Kilkenny, Philip is especially pleased to serve as the Supervising Pharmacist for his own community. His connection to Kilkenny enhances his commitment to providing exceptional care and personalised service to our customers.

As a vaccinating pharmacist, Philip has been actively involved in administering annual COVID-19 and influenza vaccine clinics in our Kilkenny store.
Philip's passion for patient health and wellbeing is evident in everything he does. He is dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives the best possible advice and treatment.

Ellie Keenan

Ellie graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2004 and has been working as a pharmacist for Whites Pharmacy since January 2022.

Since joining our Whites Pharmacy, Carlow team, Ellie has been committed to providing exceptional care and expert advice to our patients. She has a passion for helping people achieve optimal health and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

Ellie is our vaccinating pharmacist at Whites Pharmacy Carlow and administers both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. Her extensive knowledge of vaccines and immunizations, combined with her compassionate approach to patient care, makes her the perfect person to help you and your family stay healthy and protected.


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