MINISTER for Finance Michael Noonan was full of Christmas cheer at the Limerick Craft Hub late last week as he officially launched a Christmas Celebration of Local Craft on Friday afternoon.
Minister Noonan endorsed the efforts of the not-for-profit organisation and urged all families to shop locally and at the Craft Hub this Christmas.
The Limerick Craft Hub accommodates more than 60 crafts people in Limerick; jewellers, designers, craft makers, artists, knitters, and many more on a daily basis.
Minister Noonan said that there is “an extraordinary amount of beautiful products” at the store and that bringing all of Limerick’s crafts people together in one shop was “unique”.
“A lot of the product is on such a small scale that if the different crafts weren’t brought in one location, they would get lost in a city the size of Limerick,” he said.
“The range is very, very wide here, and I would recommend it to Limerick people. You know when you are not sure what kind of a present you will get for the awkward member of your family, if you come through the Craft Hub you will surely spot something!”
Manager Clare Jordan said that this Christmas will be “very important” for the shop.
“We are encouraging people to shop local and support Limerick, and where possible, to come in and have a look around. The Craft Hub has a lot to offer. We have beautiful, unique, handmade gifts, most of which are actually made in the studios here. And it could be any budget; you could spend a couple of euros or blow the budget,” she said.
Minister Noonan said that Limerick City and County Council had been “very helpful” to the Craft Hub, and that he will be discussing its future with the council soon.
When asked what his favourite childhood Christmas present was, he said: “Two guns, a holster and a belt”.
“When I was seven, I rode the range. I was one of the hottest cowboys in Loughill,” he laughed.
He also revealed that one of the gifts that he is hoping for, which he said he has hinted at to his family many times, is the new Margaret Thatcher biography.