Chamber plan to hold Christmas Wonderland initiative in Cashel

The next meeting of the Chamber of Commerce will take Wednesday, November 28, in Mikey Ryans at 6.15 pm.

The next meeting of the Chamber of Commerce will take Wednesday, November 28, in Mikey Ryans at 6.15 pm.

The key topic on the agenda will be the Cashel Christmas Wonderland. This is an initiative of the Chamber, which is backed by the South Tipperary Development Company Ltd and Cashel Town Council.

Regular readers of this paper will recall that the Cashel Chamber of Commerce has sought Leader funding to help promote the town and Cashel business during the month of December. Sean Laffey, President of the Chamber, told us: “Thanks to the generous support from Leader, the council and the Alza Legacy Fund, Christmas 2012 should be far more upbeat in Cashel than last year.

“We want to get the message out to shop local, come to town and have a great time.

“To that end there will be a marketing campaign, which will include 5000 brochures delivered to every house in Cashel and a series of local radio advertisements. Signage on roads and feature articles in the local press.

“We are asking retailers to come on board and do their best to create a festive atmosphere in town that will attract shoppers and keep their cash in Cashel.”

June Molony has been busy canvassing support for the idea and she says that it is an ideal opportunity for all businesses to make the most of the Christmas period with late openings across the town. “ A number of shops have told us they intend staying open until 8.30pm which will give a real festive buzz to the town,” she added.

Some highlights to look forward to will be the upgrading the Christmas lights on Main Street, and the refurbishing the lights in Ladys Well and Friar Street. Santa will be back on the Plaza on December 8 when the lights will be switched on; and the elves from the Community school will be on hand to help across town on that day.

There will be a Festive Heritage Day on Saturday, December 15, based in the old town hall.

The day will feature a special Christmas outdoor show from the Armagh Rhymers, who will also be holding a series of workshops in the national schools that week.

The Cashel scouts will have a ‘Friar Street Fry’ every Saturday morning from December 8, when shoppers can grab a hot sausage as they make their way around town. Another feature of the Saturdays from December 8 to 22 will be St Patrick’s Brass Band playing Carols and Christmas tunes on the Plaza.

On the final weekend before Christmas the action will shift to the Friar Street Car Park, with a free concert in the Heritage Marquee on the evening of Friday, December 21. This is part of a Folk and Food weekend in the Friar Street car park on December 21 and 22. The Food element will be handled by Goldie Fish from Cork, who have promised a dozen or more food stalls to entice shoppers with tasty snacks whilst they do their last minute present buying.

Sean said: “We’d like to include even more in our programme and would be delighted to hear from sporting clubs and community bodies, we’ll do all we can to promote all the events that are going to happen in December in Cashel.”

Sean made a special mention of Morrissey’s Supervalu, who will be donating one turkey to Cashel Social Services for every ten that are bought in the store. “We began the year with a message that local business is here for the community and we are delighted that Ray Morrisey and his team have taken that message to heart.”

If any one has a Christmas event they would like the Cashel Chamber of Commerce to help promote, please call Sean on 06262685.