The merchants of Cashel had certainly taken on the board the theme of the 2106 St. Patrick’s Day Parade “1916-2016 100 Years of Freedom”, with many entries reflecting events that happened in Dublin 100 Years ago.
Sean Laffey Chair of the Parade Committee said it was a tough challenge this year to select the best of the Shop Window entries.
The winner was KW Opticians with their look at Tipperary from a 1916 perspective, the display covered home life, the Rising, sporting achievements and Irish Culture. “We found a number of items in my mother’s attic” said Marie Whelan owner of KW Opticians.”
The judges were impressed by how effectively the display had been put together. Marie told us that people spent ages looking at the artefacts and the documents, “one lady recognised a relative in a 1916 photograph of the Tubberdora hurlers.”
Another fascinating shop window was to be seen in Bank Place where Spafield Resource Centre had taken over a pop up shop in the premises that once held Beauty Secrets.
Spafield re-created a shop window from 1916 complete with heads of broccoli, carrots and parsnips. They had some original packaging and advertisements from the period which added to the interest created by their display.
The judges were impressed by the time and effort that had gone into the window displays in town. The winners were all engaging and interesting; they were more than simply window dressing being talking points in their own right.
It was possible to spend many minutes in front of some of the windows and come away much more informed and knowledgeable about Irish History. Those windows that reflected the theme of 1916-2016 were particularly well done.
First Prize €150 and perpetual Trophy KW Opticians Friar Street.
Second Prize €100 Cuts and Curls Main Street
Third Prize €50 Second Chance Friar Street
Judges Prize €50 Jones' Stores by Spafield Community Resource Centre, Bank Place – a very creative use of a pop up shop, with the recreation of a general store from 1916. Sean Laffey thanks all the businesses in the town for their support this year and congratulated Marie Whelan and her staff on a tremendous job