There’s every good reason to shop locally
THE magic of Christmas in Millstreet town wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and community spirit evident throughout not just the town but the whole area.
The events of the season are organised by a combination of local club, organisations and businesses and, of course, the general public.
Be sure to also come out and support locals over the festive period through the various concerts being held throughout the area and attend charity and fundraising events such as the wonderful carol singing that will be held in the run up to Christmas.
Meanwhile, it’s also important to think local when shopping for all those festive necessities and niceties - after all, shopping locally is literally putting money, jobs, life back into your own community.
Local shops create jobs for local people which ensures that there is more cash in the community to support other small local businesses in turn. Every €1 spent in a local shop is worth €4 to the local economy.
Meanwhile, Cork County Council is encouraging residents of County Cork to ‘shop local, think your county, your town’.
The initiative, which encourages the people of Cork to support and appreciate their local craftspeople, food suppliers, post offices, hairdressers and the many other business and service providers in their locale, was originally established in 2016 to promote the ‘shop local’ objective, with a view to boosting the economy of Cork’s various municipal districts.
“We’ve all been in a position where we’re stuck in a stream of traffic, when it’s cold and wet outside and we’re rushing to make the shops before they close,” said Senior Executive Officer Sharon Corcoran.
“This adds unnecessary stress and strain at a time when we should be relaxed and in high spirits, so by opting to shop and park for free in your local town or village, you reduce this all-too-familiar headache.
“Aside from this, by shopping local you are also contributing to the growth and development of your homeplace, supporting the talented entrepreneurs and business-owners in your local area and ensuring that your hard-earned money is pumped right back into your community.”
An evocative winter scene pictured at the entrance to Drishane Castle when we had that bout of snow earlier this year. Picture John Tarrant