THE CHRISTMAS season got unde rway in earnest in Dingle last Sunday as the local Camphill Community hosted their annual Christmas Fair in Dún Síon.
The season of goodwill looked to be in full swing as members of the local community enjoyed wonderful cakes and home-baking while looking over the selection of locally produced arts and crafts which were on offer.
It was all in aid of Dingle's Camphill Community in Dun Síon, which was founded in 2004 to provide a place where people with special needs can work and share their lives together.
The Christmas Fair hosted was part of a broader fund-raising effort which is seeking to raise enough money for the community to build their own home as they are currently living in rented accommodation.
There was a wonderful festive atmosphere as members of the community and local volunteers displayed the type of work that takes place at Camphill including baking, raising their own animals and cultivating their own vegetables, and making arts and crafts.
According to Betsy Konick of Camphill Dingle €500,000 needs to be raised in order for the planned community home.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Camphill in Dún Síon and it is hoped that it will also be the year the community is able to move into their own home as almost three quarters of the funds needed have been already amassed.
People can contribute to the Dingle Camphill Community at the Bank of Ireland the account number is 80607629 (sort code 90-57-07). More information is also available at Camphill.ie/Dingle.