Save Our Shops: Kilkenny people urged to support local businesses during lockdown
Local tourism chiefs are urging people to support businesses throughout Kilkenny city and county as the nation prepares for life under lockdown for the second time this year.
From this morning, many businesses across Kilkenny have switched to online trading in a bid to keep afloat as the pandemic drives the economy deeper into recession. And Kilkenny Tourism is calling on people to “shop local” and support local retailers and restaurants over the coming weeks.
In a statement, the local tourism body outlined a series of reasons why shoppers and consumers need not look further the county borders in the countdown to what is gearing up to be a very different Christmas experience this year.
‘Largely considered the Country’s centre for craft goods and bespoke giftware, Kilkenny has a variety of locally made goods which make ideal Christmas gifts this year, all of which are available on-line.’
‘Drawing on 2000 years of glass blowing tradition, the skilled craftsmen at Jerpoint individually create each piece in their collection. Jerpoint Glass will enhance any space plus make a thoughtful and welcomed gift for someone special.’ Visit: www.jerpointglass.com
Duiske Glass Gift Shop
‘Duiske Glass is a handcut glass and crystal brand that offers a wide selection of lifestyle gifts including jewellery, accessories, bags, Aynsley and Belleek, China, Newbridge Silver, Orla Kiely, Tipperary Crystal gifts, Genesis, Egmont Toys.’ Visit: www.duiskeglasskilkenny.ie
Cushendale Woollen Mills
‘Wrap up warm this Christmas with a gift from Cushendale Woollen Mills, one of the few remaining Irish woollen mills continuing to create quality authentic textiles from the fleece of Irish sheep. They produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories and knitting yarns in Irish Wool, Mohair and Lambswool.’ Visit: www.cushendale.ie
Moth to a Flame Candles
‘Candles make a perfect Christmas gift, so if you want to choose something special this season, look no further than Moth to a Flame. They have been making a range of distinctive handmade candles beside the river in Bennettsbridge. Silkmoth scented, Glow-globe, Rock, Irish Heritage, Gloworm candles and more can be ordered online at www.mothtoaflame.ie’
‘Exploring Kilkenny can be a great escape from the confinements of home. Kilkenny offers so many beautiful walking trails across the stunning landscape and through the many picturesque towns and villages. Or www.trailkilkenny.ie offer cycling routes and loops that bring you from the city and towns deep into the countryside and allow you to explore the county on bike. Or if you want to linger among woodlands and meandering streams, the stunning Woodstock Gardens provides an afternoon of tranquillity and beauty in these uncertain times.’
‘Many of Kilkenny’s top restaurants are giving locals the chance to enjoy their favourite dishes from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy the great taste of Irish Italian fusion from La Rivista with a choice of a daily Take Away or Weekend Catering, or order an award winning brunch as well as freshly baked breads from Áran Bakery. Zuni has an exciting new take-away menu offering lunch and dinner and for coffee lovers Café la Coco is the place to get that caffeine fix, pastries and lunch. With payment over the phone and curbside collection, these fantastic Kilkenny restaurants and many others are working hard to bring you their usual delicious dishes in a safe environment for their customers.’
Kilkenny Tourism chairperson Brian Tyrell said: “At a time when businesses in Kilkenny are normally getting set for a busy time, we are facing into a deeply uncertain Christmas trading period. We are calling on people to shop local this Christmas, support businesses in the county and shop online; enjoy local take-out from our many wonderful restaurants and help keep our businesses trading in the coming weeks.”