Friday 30 September 2016

Noonan launches Christmas craft market with potential to boost local economy by €3m

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 27/11/2015 | 19:14

Michael Noonan, Finance Minister was on hand to launch the Christmas Celebration of Local Craft
Credit: LHpublicity
Michael Noonan, Finance Minister was on hand to launch the Christmas Celebration of Local Craft Credit: LHpublicity

Finance Minister Michael Noonan launched the 'Christmas Celebration of Local Craft' in his hometown of Limerick today, an elaborate market featuring handmade jewelry, clothes, ceramics, prints and woodwork.

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The treasure trove of gifts is part of the Limerick Craft Hub, an association of sixty artists who produce intricate craft pieces for sale all year round.

Limerick Craft Hub is advocating that people shop locally this Christmas and lend their support local design and craftsmanship.

During the launch it was stated that if one in five people in Limerick use their Christmas gift budget to shop locally this year, it will generate an extra €3,000,000 for the local economy.

“I am delighted to support the Limerick Craft Hub, which offers such a diverse range of locally handmade gift ideas in the city and I encourage the people of Limerick to come in and support local business," Mr Noonan said.

In addition to the assortment of items on offer, the Craft Hub also offer workshops in jewellery making, ceramics, felting and other crafts on a regular basis.

They suggest a gift voucher for a workshop would make for a unique Christmas present to a creative friend or family member.

The free weekly 'Community Craft Corner' encourages locals to get involved in manufacturing hand crafted items with all pieces being donated to local charities.

Locals report that shop staff in the Craft Hub are very friendly and helpful.

Indecisive shoppers will be relieved to hear that they will lend you their expertise in relation to selection an appropriate gift that will save the recipient a trip back to the shop in January!

As Limerick gears up to bid for the European Capital of Culture in 2020, the Craft Club is a way of showcasing the creative talent that the City is nurturing.

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