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37 year old Oliver has been running the award winning health food store ‘Select Stores’ in Dalkey since 2004.
He worked in the hospitality business since the age of 16. He graduated in TV production/communications with honours from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Technology in 1998.
His love for nutrition started on his travels to Australia and the USA where he worked in various organic, vegetarian cafes and stores picking up ideas along the way especially in Sydney, Provincetown, Boston, New York and San Francisco.
He returned to Ireland in 2001 where he got to know his first mentors, local leading nutritionist Joan Hanrahan and macrobiotic nutritionist Celia Armelin. Through this experience he became aware of his own food sensitivities and the power of healing foods.
In 2004, Oliver reinvented Select Stores from traditional family greengrocer to dynamic health wholefood store with organic juice bar, cafe and much more with the support of his family. In 2007 he graduated as a Nutritionist from The Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health where he was trained by Ireland’s top nutritionists Richard Burton and Grace Kinnerons.
When Oliver is not working in the shop he gives healthy eating talks and demos in local primary and secondary schools. He organised the ‘Dalkey Health Expo’ in 2005 and has gone on to give detox juicing demos at the National Health Show in the RDS in October 2005/2006. Cooks Academy Cookery School in Dun Laoghaire is another base for juicing detox demos with Oliver. He has written for Easy Health magazine and is involved with the student Spunout organisation as well as contributing to the Avivas Health website. He has given nutritional talks and seminars at third level institutes of technology around Ireland and in April 2008 at Trinity College during their Health Week.
Oliver speaks about how important healthy eating is in this day and age and makes people aware of what is in food and drink today. His talks stretch from importance of vegetables in one’s diet to coeliacs to skin awareness.
Select Stores and Oliver have been featured on TV3’s ‘Xpose’ and RTE’s ‘Capital D’ shows.
Select Stores celebrated 50 years in business in 2009 and was awarded ‘Best Wholefood Shop’ with merit from the ‘Bridgestone Guides’.
In September 2009 he was asked to contribute and appear on RTE 1’s ‘The Afternoon Show’ with Sheana Keane and Maura Derrane.
In March 2010 Oliver volunteered and established the Dalkey Business Group to promote local business and sustainability due to closure of several businesses in the town over the duration of a year leading to lack of investment and awareness of Dalkey to others.
With the help of local Economist David McWilliams and his wife Sian Smyth the 1st Dalkey Book festival was established which took place on midsummers weekend June 18th to June 20th to great success and support.
IloveDalkey.com and Dalkey loyalty card intiatives launched Oct 19th 2010.
Oliver demonstrated detox juices and smoothies at the National Crafts Fair 1st-5th December RDS with Clodagh McKenna.
In January 2011 Oliver appeared on TV3’s Ireland AM and Xpose shows demonstrating Detox Juicing and Celebrity Detox Juices.
Also, He demonstrated at the Dalkey Good Health Fair and at Clodagh McKennas Village at Lyons Cookery School in Co. Kildare.
Select Stores Dalkey was awarded ‘Best Wholefood Shop’ in 2010/2011/2012/2013 with Bridgestone and John/Sally McKenna.
Top International Nutritionist and Author Patrick Holford appeared at The 2nd Dalkey Book Festival on Friday June 17th on behalf of Select Stores Dalkey. He spoke about his latest book ‘The Feel Good Factor’ for 2 hours at the Dalkey Heritage Centre and had a book signing at Select Stores. Earlier that day Patrick and Oliver spoke together on RTE Radio 1 ‘Today with Pat Kenny’. All events were sold out. Clodagh McKenna and Dorcas Barry also appeared at the Festival giving Food Demos at Writers Corner.
In May 2011 Oliver was invited to write for Irish Parent Magazine on issues that tackle parents day to day with their children on the subject of health and nutrition.
Select Stores Dalkey chosen charities are Barnardos, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Oliver will be at Rude Health Show at RDS Dublin Sunday September 16th 2012.
On December 29th 2012 Oliver began writing nutritional recipes and advice with the Irish Independent newspaper.
Oliver’s motto is ‘Every healthy customer has a wealthy soul’.