Austin Broderick, President of Thurles Chamber, would like to thank the people of Thurles and the surrounding areas for their overwhelming support for the Chamber’s inaugural Tipperary Fayre last Sunday.
Austin would also like to acknowledge and thank the Thurles Chamber Board and Members for giving their time and support to the event and Clodagh Duggan, Aonach the market kitchen, who co-ordinated the event on the Chamber’s behalf.
The President claimed that there is clearly an appetite for this type of event locally, a free family day out with a variety of traders – food and craft, along side free entertainment and he estimates that in excess of 3000 people attended between the hours of 11am and 5pm.
The entertainment was provided by Nicky Vezey Cottage Rescue who hosted a fabulous fun dog show which was well supported in each of the seven classes.
Martin Healy, Two Mile Borris kindly lent his landmark building 1 Liberty Square and Andy Spillane, Savvy Kitchens loaned the Chamber a state of the art kitchen for food demonstrations. The demonstrations were well supported and providing their expertise were Denis O’Reilly, Dermot Cullen & Colm Ryan Premier Meats who arrived with two carcasses for a butchery masterclass, Naomi Treacy Naomi’s Café provided the children with a brownie and cookie making lesson, Nora Egan Inch House gave the crowd plenty of serving suggestions for black pudding and Stars of India, The Mall introduced the audience to the art of authentic Indian cookery.
Clodagh Duggan was amazed at the turnout of the town as well as surrounding areas and beyond – many people travelled from afar specially to attend the Fayre.
Clodagh told The Tipperary Star that when Austin Broderick approached her with a proposal for the Chamber to hold a food and craft event and asked her to organise the event garnering support from traders and the public, it was a big ask.
The President explained to her that the Thurles Chamber are a non profit organisation and rely almost entirely on subscriptions from the local business people and had no budget for the event. However Austin was adamant that this event was exactly the kind of lift that both the town and businesses needed in these recessionary times and asked that the idea was explored rather than dismissed out of hand.
Austin was also keen to highlight and promote the fabulous producer of both craft and food in our area and highlight the need to support local traders, those with and without shop premises. So, heads together and with generous support either by way of small financial contributions, time, expertise or equipment the event was hosted by the Chamber on 21st August in Westgate, Friar St, Old Baker St and the Parnell St car park.
“We specifically used this location firstly to minimise traffic disruption and also because Old Baker St is the only pedestrian street in town and lends itself so well to an outdoor event. Jim O’Connor, Holycross kindly gave the use of his premises on the corner Old Baker St and Friar St and the shop looked fabulous hosting members of the Tipperary Food Producers group and Ann Hogan and Jackie Morrissey of Encore,” Austin said.
The list is long and varied of those who assisted and who Austin Broderick on behalf of the Chamber and Clodagh Duggan, Co-ordinator would like to thank. All the Traders, the Shops on Friar St and Old Baker St who opened for the afternoon, Andy Spillane Savvy Kitchens, Denis O’Reilly Premier Meats, Naomi Treacy Naomi’s Café, Nora Egan Inch House, Stars of India, Martin Healy, Jim O’Connor, Thurles Town Council, Shannon Development, Tipperary North County Enterprise Board, Thurles Shopping Centre, Thurles Guarda Station, Order of Malta, Cottage Rescue, Bea McCarthy www.finalbyte.com, Pat Donnelly, George Willoughby and Thurles Chamber Members & Board.
The day was so successful that the Chamber and Cottage Rescue plan to team up once again in December to host a Christmas Fayre to coincide with the turning on of the spectacular Christmas lights in the town.
Hope to see you there!