A new food and craft fair will begin in Thurles on Saturday 31st when the Baker Street Fair kicks off and will run every Saturday thereafter.
The concept of bringing a regular food and craft fair to the pedestrianised street is being supported by the Thurles Chamber of Commerce and the Traders Unite group, with Thurles Town Council, and Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan, also offering much assistance to help get the idea off the ground.
Local businessmen Diarmuid Moran and Austin Broderick have undertaken much of the preparatory work for this fair and the message they are promoting is one of inclusiveness. This is open to anyone who may have food or craft items to sell - a stall costs just E10 and the hope is that the concept will increase, quite significantly, footfall in the Baker Street, Liberty Square, Parnell Street and Friar Street areas of town.
“Originally we wanted to have this in Liberty Square every Saturday morning, but that was just proving too difficult with traffic and getting services to the Square. The Baker Street idea came up then and we are thrilled with that because it is very safe and there is plenty of parking in the Parnell Street car park,” Diarmuid Moran told The Tipperary Star.
The consumer friendly notion has captured the imagination of businesses and already signed up are household names suc h as Premier Meats, Naoimi’s Cafe and Inch House to name just a few.There are also a number of exceptional fruit and veg merchants on board and the plan is to have as many as possible establishing stalls on Baker Street every Saturday morning between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm.“We want as many people as possible to come along and do business. The more the merrier and we are really hoping that Tipperar y people will see this as a business opportunity. We feel that the centre of town needs a big lift and we are hoping that this will help increase footfall on Saturday mornings and bring people into the town centre,” Austin Broderick said.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.