Christmas market in Ahane to help those with no chimneys

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

SANTA Claus comes down the chimney to homes across the county but a Christmas market in Ahane will allow Santa to help those with no chimneys.

SANTA Claus comes down the chimney to homes across the county but a Christmas market in Ahane will allow Santa to help those with no chimneys.

The local communities in Ahane, Castleconnell and Lisnagry are rallying around their ‘bringing’ Santa who will support the homeless this December.

This special Santa will make his debut at Ahane GAA clubhouse this Sunday, December 11 from noon as part of the community Christmas market.

“A ‘bringing’ Santa is quite unique,” explains market organiser, Laura McCarthy.

“Instead of taking gifts from him, you bring gifts to him! Visitors to the Christmas market are invited to bring along their unwanted adult sized woolly hats, scarves, gloves or socks to give to Santa.

“He will pass them on to Limerick’s homeless to help keep them warm during the long cold nights which lie ahead,” said Ms McCarthy.

As well as Santa Claus there will be 20 stalls of local craft workers, including jewellery, paintings, Christmas floral arrangements, homemade seasonal preserves, soft toys, home baking and lots more.

“It is a real showcase of what crafts and fantastic good and produce are being made locally.

“With hot food and teas and coffees served all day, we hope that visitors will soak up the festive atmosphere whilst enjoying carols by the ACM Village Singers, music by the Irish Harp Centre and local traditional Irish musicians.

“And hopefully bring along lots of winter woollies to our ‘bringing’ Santa’ to help the less well off,” said Ms McCarthy.

Judging by the ongoing success of the Castleconnell Craft Fair in the parish earlier this year another big crowd is expected on Sunday.

“The Christmas market is a great way to bring the community together at this time of year and for a very deserving cause,” she added.

The event takes place this Sunday in the Ahane GAA clubhouse and runs from noon to 7pm. Ms McCarthy says it is a real family day out and all are welcome to attend and maybe pick up some Christmas presents.

Admission is free and further information on the event is available from Laura McCarthy on 061 377346.