There’s ev­ery good rea­son to shop lo­cally

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MILLSTREET -

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

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