Ring of Cork Craft
Support local this year by paying a visit to Ring of Cork Craft at 95 Main Street. Stocked full of locally sourced, hand crafted Christmas gifts – Ring of Cork Crafts is a one-stop shop for all the loved ones in your life. “In setting up Ring of Cork Crafts we had two focuses” says Katrina Guilfoyle, who set up the shop with her husband Declan. “We wanted to provide goods of exceptional quality and help the local economy.”
The shop is full of truly lovely things, such as the hand-made pictures and decorations in The Dragonfly Range by Lynne Davis or the no-two-are-the-same wood turned bowls by Stephen Pearson. The range is diverse – from jewellery, handmade cards, Christmas decorations, hats and scarves, soaps and upcycled bags Mamukko as featured on RTE’s Nationwide. “Many of the products are not available anywhere else.” Says Katrina.
“The shop represents the best of what’s out there in South and East Cork.” says Oonagh Montague, from Ring of Cork – who are supporting the enterprise. “It’s a welcome chance for people to see first-hand what all the artisans and crafters across the Ring of Cork have been up to all year. The Ring of Cork brand ensures the customer a certain level of quality and Ring of Cork Crafts is a perfect example of that.”
Prices range from 2 to 100 – so there’s something for everyone. Open Monday to Saturday throughout November and open 7 days a week in December – until Christmas Eve.
So, as soon as you can take a stroll down to 95 Main Street – beside Dealz – and see for yourself. Ring of Cork Crafts is an oasis of calm in the middle of your day – and a chance to get cracking on your Christmas list. What more do you need?
New Era Set to Begin for Douglas ‘Meals On Wheels’ with Sod Turning Ceremony
Douglas Community Association recently saw the Sod Turning Ceremony for the new extension to the Community Centre, which houses the Meals On Wheels Kitchen, being formally opened by the County Mayor Noel O’Connor and City Mayor Catherine Clancy in conjunction with past and present members of the Meals on Wheels Association.
Outlined at the ceremony was that help was provided by the County and City Councils, the various planners and of course the builder, in addition to SECAD who provided funding of €150,000 towards the cost of the build..
The site was blessed by Canon Teddy O’Sullivan, Rev Bill Mullalley and Rev Sarah Marry who recited prayers and gave a Blessing before City Mayor Catherine Clancy addressed the gathering. Catherine outlined the contribution of the locals to this project, saying that without the input of a lot of people this day would not have come to pass. Echoing her sentiments in his contribution was County Mayor Noel O’Connor who said it took great leadership to take on a project of this kind in such trying times, and Douglas had shown that where there is a will that nothing will stand in the way. He went on to praise SECAD for committing funding to such a worthy cause while lauding the efforts of the local fundraising committee as well.
There was also tremendous praise for the outstanding leadership given to this project by Paudie Martin who as project leader has taken the lead role in getting the project to this stage, where work is now set to commence. There was also praise for the efforts of people such as Bill Perritt, Nuala Keating and Sheila Fitzgerald who have soldiered long and hard to get this far.
It is now hoped that everything will go to plan, with completion of this first stage taking in the region of six months to complete. Architect Tom Hegarty and Quantity Surveyor Richard Leonard were also present at the sod turning ceremony.
In addition to the County and City Mayors, all of the local politicians including TD’s Michael McGrath and Ciaran Lynch were joined by City and County Councilors for this momentous occasion for the Douglas Community. In keeping with this joyous occasion the sun shone brightly as a new era is set to begin with the first sod being turned on the new extension to the Douglas Community Centre.