IF I ruled the world the annual Indoor Market would be one of its seven wonders.
But I don't. But I think it should play a part in the great gathering which the whole country is talking about. There are people sitting in offices right now being paid sickening sums of money to come up with wall-to-wall ideas for the length and breadth of 2013. Well here and there they are – and in abundance.
Our indoor market is one of the tried and severely tested annual events. It has withstood many challenges – just ask the organisers. I think their descendents will develop a third eye and a pair in the backs of their poles over time.
Grand and spacious it may be but our fine community centre was put to the pin of its collar to cope with the crowd which invaded it as soon as the doors were thrown open on Friday evening, October 5 at 8pm.
It all started in 1974 with a few Lyons in The Kerryman notes by Willie Lyons at that time.
Its first outing was far less ambitious – if equally purposeful - at Tommy O'Rourke's Shop on Main Street. It moved home several times and was held in venues like the old library before settling in the new community centre in the late 1970s.
From the funds generated locally the local branch of the Kerry Parents and Friends have managed to build a centre of its own here in Castleisland.
The branch is ever grateful for the generosity of the local community and it continues to encourage and support the efforts of the members every year.
The organisers have been through recessions before and survived by what they gather up and present as saleable goods at their flagship event.
It is a gathering in the true and common sense of the term and I just thought it should be considered as one of the endof-year events. One of the kind which keeps the heart of many a local community beating throughout this great little country of ours.