Tuesday 30 September 2014

Community embrace locally produced goods

Published 11/12/2013 | 05:36

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Deirdre Daly from Dingle (centre) with Judi Pheysey and Ita Elezi (Killarney Crafters) at the Kerry Christmas market at the Skellig Hotel in Dingle on Saturday afternoon.

A DAY of festive cheer was hosted in Dingle's Skellig Hotel on Saturday as the third annual Kerry Christmas Market took place.

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The event was a showcase of all things local as West Kerry food, craft, art and artisan producers displayed their wares for eager Christmas shoppers which proved a successful enterprise for all involved. Craft producers from as far away as Listowel and Sneem also travelled to Dingle to sell their wares for the day.

"The Kerry Christmas Market is in its third year and I think we are finally growing up!" Sharon Crandall, one of the main organisers, said. "We've learned a lot about what will and won't work and it paid off this year for all of us. The vendors had lovely stalls and there was lots of wonderful handmade Irish produce on show."

"The community really embraced it and bought locally. We are very happy with the day and can't wait for next year," she added.

Sharon also confirmed that local vendors are talking about the prospect of hosting another fair in the spring geared towards the wedding market, showcasing locally produced and Irish goods.

"There is lots of talent out there and it is hard for emerging artists to start climbing the ladder. Even in tough economic times people still splash out for their big day, so there is a market there.

In terms of potential vendors there has been positive feedback," she said.


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