New pot holder is selling well at Kilcannon Centre
The four-star Kilcannon Garden Centre on Enniscorthy's Old Dublin Road has a commercial hit on its hands with a new product.
The centre, which established in 1983 to provide work and training for people with disabilities, is selling a hanging holder for plant pots.
The simple but effective device is made from piece of timber less than three feet long with slots to secure three terra cotta pots.
Kilcannon manager Ben Bernie is convinced that the device, which is made in a variety of colours, offers an attractive alternative to hanging baskets.
The design was brought to Ben Bernie's attention by Ballycarney resident Paul Somers of Market Ireland who is a regular supporter of Kilcannon Industries.
He made a prototype with a band-saw at home in Ballycarney and more holders have since been flowing off the production line in the garden centre.
The manager reported that the summer of 2013 has proven one of the best and busiest periods for gardening that he can remember.
However, he still thought it worthwhile to leave the Old Dublin Road and showcase the pot hanger at Bloom in Dublin as well at shows in St. Senan's primary school, Bannow, Fota Island, and Clare, where customer response proved very positive.
The appeal of the invention is that it is easy to put in fresh pots as the seasons change.
This is not the first time that the centre, which is run on a not-for-profit basis, has brought something new to the market, as a box for storing potatoes was a winner several years ago.
However, that enterprise was sold off to a business in Cork as it did not appeal to the trainees with disabilities.
Ben Bernie has fingers crossed for the future of this latest innovation: 'All I want is for the people working here in Kilcannon to have something they can make and that their jobs are viable. We just want to survive.'