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Former Ardee church to host Christmas Craft and Food Fair

The interior of the former church on John Street, Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The Old Church on John Street in Ardee will host a new Christmas Crafts and Food Fair this December, with an emphasis on promoting local craft and food businesses.

For the second time in 2017, the stunning former church will be open to visitors for the event on December 10th with invitations now being taken from those interested in hosting a stand at the event, being held in conjunction between Ardee Traders and Business Association and Louth County Council.


Santa Claus will be in attendance to greet the kids and there’ll be opportunities for children to get crafty themselves by making some fun festive treats and decorations. After costs, proceeds will be donated to two local causes.

Inquiries about Hand Made Trade Stands can be made to Helena Finegan of Sew Knit & Knatter on 087 9532827  while all inquiries about hosting a Food Stand at the event can be directed to Jim and Seamus McManus on 087 2077251 or 087 6804550. Trade inquiries can also be made to [email protected] and applicants will be sent out a Trade Application Form.

The cost Trade/Craft stands is €30 while Food Stands cost €50 each. Stephen Englishby of Ardee Traders is also among involved in the running of the event and he can be reached on 087 295 6880. 

The church was last opened in May for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event where over 70 exhibitors took part in an event that organisers hoped ‘shone a light’ on the thriving business and enterprise community in the town.

Rugby pundit Brent Pope was the special guest on the day but the large crowd who came out to enjoy the day were also treated to fantastic performances from the Ardee Concert Junior Band, the pupils from the Carol Leavy School of Dance and a stunning show of vocal talent from local tenor James McCreanor.

The venue was kindly donated on the day owners Brian McNally and Pauline Breslin – so many visitors to the event remarked on the grandiose setting for the expo, one that offered a rare glimpse of the building that has been closed to the public since the closure of Wogan’s Interiors in 2012.

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