A whole new dimension has been added to the Saturday morning food and craft market in Baker Street, Thurles with the arrival of young entrepreneurs who are promoting their own handcrafts and entertaining the crowds that attend there. These enterprising young students are displaying talents that are beyond their years in craftsmanship, and the products that they turn out are of a very high professional standard and quality. These saviours of tomorrow show a work ethos that belies their age.
Vincent Molumby is a young college student studying at the University of Limerick to become a woodwork teacher. He is carrying on a long family tradition of craftsmanship handed down through the generations of the Molumby family and is the son of Margaret and Gus Molumby of Friar Street in Thurles.
Vincent Molumby and Christy O’Brien first started making medal displays around two years ago. From their own experience and from talking to other athletes they realised that most runners had their medals thrown in a shoe box. They noticed medal displays were not widely available. There was strong interest in the displays and they made displays for their fellow athletes at Thurles Crokes AC and surrounding clubs. Recently Vincent decided to expand the medal display units to other popular sports in this area. A hurling medal display was an obvious choice as well as soccer medal displays and variety of other disciplines suitable for anything, from boxing to Irish dancing. He has a stall at the Baker Street Food and Craft Fayre every Saturday morning where he has a variety of woodcraft on sale including the range of medal displays, window flower boxes and Oak St. Brigid’s crosses which are a replica of the St. Brigid’s Cross which can be seen in Bother na Naomh Church.
This young man is turning out beautiful solid timber plaques and shields for the display of medals, and a variety of other woodwork crafts some of which are really suitable for sports clubs, presentations, commemorations and wall-hangings. Shields can be made to order with the necessary inscriptions as required. They are presented in a very professional manner, and his skills and his finished work must be complimented and seen.
Mairead Molumby, his sister, carrying on the musical tradition of the Molumby family and entertains the many shoppers with her singing and guitar playing adding a touch of merriment and livening up the atmosphere. This young lady is an Ursuline Convent student and like Bob Geldof and many others who started their musical life busking, is at the cusp of a wonderful career that started in the entertaining of the public at a young age, and in that process learning all the pitfalls at first hand.
Mairead first expressed her love for music when she joined Phoenix Productions and following that she took up playing guitar. Since then she has paved her way in the Thurles music scene through shows, talent contests and street performances. Her confidence is ever growing as she develops her own unique style. You can find Mairead at the Fayre every Saturday morning performing covers from timeless artists such as the Beatles and Johnny Cash right through to modern day superstars such as Nicky Manaj and Ed Sheeran. So come down, enjoy a coffee and a tune while browsing the stalls and supporting local trade.
Aine Symons is the daughter of Dr. Sinead Hanafin and her husband Jim Symons and is a student of the Presentation Convent, Thurles. This very talented young jewellery maker studied her craft after she had a serious sports injury which left her on crutches for a long period. She is very skilled and her artistic designs have gained her many compliments resulting in sales and a recognition of her talent. Her journey into entrepreneurship has been rapid and successful. Aine crafts all kinds of costume jewellery and was recently commissioned to make a neckpiece and bracelet to match, for a prominent Thurles lady who saw her work and liked the quality and the unique design. She has also designed matching jewellery for weddings, for the mother of the bride, for the bridesmaids and other token gifts for the guests. She displays a wide range of handcrafted ear-rings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces. Aine also gives a repair service for your special pieces. She is also following in the Hanafin tradition of the business life in Thurles over many generations.
“I love going to the market as it gives me an opportunity to meet new people. I really enjoy working with my hands and crafting and designing in all types of material and using different techniques. When I get an assignment or a request for something unique, I start thinking about it and the inspiration comes into my head, kind of like song-writers who write songs or poems. I really get excited when the compliments begin rolling in, nothing beats that feeling”
Jenny Dunne is also a young student from the Presentation Convent in Thurles and is the daughter of Jimmy Dunne and Angela Kenehan, both well known in the town of Thurles and Holycross where they now live. Jenny Dunne also comes from an old business family in the town, the Dunnes of Croke Street. Her grandad Neddy, R.I.P. and her grand-uncle Matty have left their mark and are remembered for their entrepreneurial skills. Matty is always considered the cornerstone of communication and his business qualities were enjoyed by the community at large over a long number of years. It is quite obvious that Jenny has the Dunne genes and intends to foster a love of interacting with the general public in her own town as a starting point.
Her beautiful and individually hand-made cards for all occasions at a very marketable price, are nicely packaged, are exceptionally reasonably priced and are definitely in competition with any other cards available on the market. People are always looking for nice personalised cards for every occasion and Jenny is the one that will facilitate the production of something out of the ordinary. She will also facilitate special orders and unique cards for any occasion be it birthday, weddings, family occasions etc. Her use of colour and ingenious decorations, displays a talent that is attractive and conducive to buying as a gift as well as a card for a friend that will be cherished.
“I try to source all the materials in use in my cards locally and use recyclable items such as envelopes and coloured paper where possible. I meet lots of new and interesting people at the market both customers and people selling other products. I have gained confidence from selling my product and from the comments and positive feedback I receive about my product from customers”.