Charity shop wins Newcastle West’s festive window competition

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

IT IS more than fitting that in the season of good will to all men that a charity store has been crowned Newcastle West’s best-dressed shop window.

IT IS more than fitting that in the season of good will to all men that a charity store has been crowned Newcastle West’s best-dressed shop window.

The Sue Ryder shop on Maiden Street won the online poll organised by the Newcastle West Business Association to decide which local shop had put its best festive foot forward this Christmas.

Sue Ryder shops, which have become synonymous internationally with charitable donations to community projects, opened in Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale this year.

Florence Flannigan, Maiden Street shop owner and member of the business association, said that the best-dressed window competition, which is in its second year, is “a nice way of building up a bit of Christmas spirit”.

“The enthusiasm of it has been great. People just like to be part of it, it’s wonderful to see the town looking so well. It shows that people have a great amount of pride in Newcastle West. It’s been very calm, last year people were running around in hysterics looking for votes!”.

The competition was run through the business association’s Facebook page, and allowed members of the public to nominate which local shops they felt had made the best stab at putting together a seasonal display.

The Sue Ryder shop picked up 182 votes, ahead of the runner-up Virgo Boutique, which had a total of 174.

Ms Flannigan said that more than any other time of year, Christmas is vital for local traders.

“Shopping local is a high priority. For us, it’s vital that people make the effort to support local businesses. It’s very easy to forget the contribution that local businesses make to a town like Newcastle West - they keep people coming in, they create employment”.