Let’s Buy Irish and Buy Locally this Christmas


At the Marlay Craft Fair

At the Marlay Craft Fair

Christmas can offer a real boost to our local retailers and the local economy in South Dublin. People have been extra cautious with their spending in the current economic climate, but I urge people to place their Christmas spend with small local businesses and self-employed people. Let’s make sure as best we can that our money stays local.

I also want to alert people to the opportunities to buy from our local craftspeople that make jewellery, baked goods and a wide range of other locally produced crafts.

Last weekend the annual Marlay Craft Fair was a tremendous success while next Sunday see the start of Christmas Festival at Kilternan’s Country Market for three Sundays: 1st, 8th and 15th December. Every Sunday, Park Markets take place in Cabinteely Park, the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire and in Marlay Park. A Christmas Fair will take place in Churchtown Business Park on Saturday Nov. 30th from noon until 4pm.

Research as part of a recent Consumer Survey on Christmas spending showed that the average spend per household in Ireland this Christmas will be €894, with an average of €484.81 on gifts, €258.84 on food and €150.76 on socialising. With 31, 991 households in Dublin Rathdown, there’s a great opportunity to boost our local economy.
By buying Irish and local goods and services, we are helping to keep jobs in Ireland, whilst supporting local companies and keeping our economy competitive. We can all contribute to local enterprises by making deliberate choices and selecting to buy Irish goods and services.