A new chapter has begun for one of Ballina’s oldest family businesses - McKane’s Pharmacy

Dorthy and her team in McKanes Pharmacy who are back in their original premises.

Dorthy and her team in McKanes Pharmacy who are back in their original premises.

This week, Dorothy McKane and her pharmacy team launched their newly renovated, state of the art pharmacy premises in the centre of Ballina, and are once again “back home”, following a devastating fire in 2019 that forced them to relocate on a temporary basis.

Now they are back on O’Rahilly St, in their bright and spacious new pharmacy on the site where Dorothy’s grandfather William originally started the business in 1910. The family tradition has been kept alive through three generations of pharmacists, as both William’s son, Archie, and now his granddaughter, Dorothy, have continued the very successful family business.

Although a lot has changed in 110 years, when it comes to matters of personal health, some things still remain the same. A friendly ear to listen and a kind word to soothe can have a healing power all of their own, and Dorothy and her team at McKane’s Pharmacy continue to provide that traditional, personalised level of customer care, while embracing all that modern medicine and healthcare have to offer. McKane’s newly renovated premises provides the perfect modern setting for the delivery of their traditional, customer focused care. The pharmacy gene seems to be a strong one, as Dorothy’s daughter, Ciara, is now also studying pharmacy, though it is too early yet to say where her future career might take her.


The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of trusted, local, quality healthcare services, just as Mc Kane’s Pharmacy have delivered for generations. The introduction of email prescriptions in pharmacies has been a very positive Covid related safety measure, but people still like the personal touch, and Dorothy and her team are always at the end of the phone to answer any questions, offer help or advice, or just to have a chat with customers that may be isolating, cocooning or cut off from family and friends. Customers coming to visit the new pharmacy can feel reassured, as McKane’s have fitted their new, more spacious premises, with a number of protective features, including an anti- virus air filtration system to ensure customer and staff safety.

New products

McKane’ s have always been known for the quality of their pharmacy services, but also have a reputation for stocking the newest and best branded cosmetics and fragrances, all at terrific value prices.


Their 'My Beauty Edit' section instore highlights the top trending beauty products, with new arrivals weekly. Their fragrance selection includes Dior, Chanel and Armani and they always have a selection of over 30 fragrances on offer at really special prices.

Mc Kane’s provide a nationwide delivery service too, for just €5, so you can send a gift to a loved one, anywhere in the country, or treat yourself, guilt free, to one of their many special offers.

Dorothy Mc Kane and her team are delighted to be back in their newly renovated O’Rahilly St Pharmacy premises and want to say a big 'Thank You' to their loyal customers, friends and colleagues for all the support and kindness shown to them in the last year - they have been overwhelmed, and they appreciate it greatly.

Dorothy and her team look forward to safely welcoming customers, both new and old, back through the doors of Mc Kane’s Pharmacy on O’ Rahilly St, Ballina.


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