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From food to fashion to fitness: County by county guide to the best Irish websites for supporting local businesses this Christmas

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every town in the country as time and again retailers have been forced to close their doors. Family businesses that have endured generations are struggling to survive, start-ups have seen a promising future wrapped in uncertainty and workers have been laid off in record numbers. Here's how to support local Irish businesses as you shop for Christmas gifts...

20/08/2020 , Maggie Mangan in Galway at her medieval styled store, Cloon Keen Atelier . Photo:Andrew Downes

Compiled by Bairbre Power, Katy McGuinness, Hilary White, Fiona Dillon, Pól Ó Conghaile, Luke Byrne and Eavan Murray

The Irish Independent is helping readers to think local and shop local ahead of Christmas with the ultimate guide to shopping local in your county across Leinster, Ulster, Connacht, and Munster. It's a handy guide to online shopping and the Irish websites that need your support - it could be the difference between ensuring we have shops to go back to when the pandemic ends or the creation of ghost towns.