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Almost 5 months ago, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Hazel. I knew we’d be taking some time off from Wordsmith Candles as we got to grips with the challenges of new parenthood (in the midst of a countrywide lockdown), but I didn’t anticipate that it would be May before we could finally re-open. A lot has happened in the meantime. Our first loose plan for reopening was in February. We worked on some wholesale orders at that time, and when we finished I knew it was too soon after the birth to reopen just then. Working from home...

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Covid-19 Like many small businesses across Ireland, and indeed globally, we watched the progress of the coronavirus pandemic with horror and a feeling of helplessness. While our government and the HSE have been doing their best to keep everyone as safe as possible, it’s safe to say that average citizens have come together admirably to try and do everything they can to help too. As chandlers, we don’t have much applicable skills to contribute to the “Be on call for Ireland” initiative. All we can do is make candles! A lot of small and creative business owners felt the same...

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