Rathfredagh Cheshire Home looks ahead to annual garden fete

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THERE will be more handicrafts, bric-a-brac and baked goods than you can shake a cake at on Sunday, July 1 when Rathfredagh Cheshire Home hosts its annual garden fete.

THERE will be more handicrafts, bric-a-brac and baked goods than you can shake a cake at on Sunday, July 1 when Rathfredagh Cheshire Home hosts its annual garden fete.

The weather could be cruel or kind, but it won’t stop organisers from putting on a display of everything from vintage cars and military equipment to jewellery, crafts and sweets.

The fete is the main annual fundraising event at Rathfredagh, just outside Newcastle West, which provides residential treatment for people with physical and neurological disabilities.

Mary Angela Downes of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home said that after a “crazy” few months of renovations and activity, everyone is looking forward to having a fun day out.

“There’s going to be bric-a-brac, a wheel of fortune, a dog show, clothing stalls, an army display, a lucky dip, face painting; people will be able to buy hand made jewellery and crafts, home baking and strawberries and cream. We’re looking for people to donate any bits and pieces, saleable items, that they might have.”

The fete will begin at 1pm and could run well into the evening, depending on the weather. One of the highlights of this year’s event will be a huge display and vintage cars, tractors and machinery from vintage clubs across the local area.

It has been a hectic few months at Rathfredagh. In May President Michael D Higgins visited the home with his wife Sabrina during his first official visit to county Limerick. In February Rathfredagh officially opened its new vegetable poly tunnel, which was completed after nine months of work thanks to support from FAS, West Limerick Resources and the Tús work placement programme.

Also performing at this year’s garden fete will be Spoken Dance, the group who held a special performance for the president during his visit in May.

For information about the garden fete contact Rathfredagh on 069 83100, or Ms Downes directly at 085 1636609.