This Irish Christmas Market is Making Sure The Elderly Are Included in This Year’s Festivities

Christmas is a time of giving and it’s so important to make sure the elderly, who may be feeling particularly lonely, are included in the fun of the festive season.

With this in mind, the organisers behind the Strandhill Christmas Market, which is held inside Sligo Airport, are encouraging people to offer their elderly neighbours a lift to this year’s market and include them in the festive fun.

Even better, those who bring their elderly neighbours along for a welcome bit of festive cheer will be treated, along with their guests, to a free cup of coffee or mulled wine at the market.

Founder of Strandhill People’s Market, Allan Mulrooney, said: “This time of the year can be particularly difficult for the elderly; people who’ve lost their partners, or whose children have moved too far away to visit. It’s easy to forget that the family-oriented holiday season can be the loneliest of times for people with no relatives.”

He added: “That’s why we will have a warming cup of something for those who would like to bring an elderly neighbour or friend along, so they can too can soak up some of that nice vibe.”

Strandhill People’s Market, now in its fourth year, opened its Christmas market last Friday, December 1st. Based in the unique surrounds of Sligo Airport’s Hangar, the market has become one of the biggest along the Wild Atlantic Way, with over 50 stalls to choose from on each date.

This December, they’ve brought back late-night openings at the market in the run up to Christmas.

The market has already proven to have had a significant economic impact on the surrounding area, creating employment, generating visitor spend, and making a substantial contribution to the winter economy in Sligo.

Visitors to this year’s Christmas market will have a chance to purchase high-quality gifts, and indulge in hearty food from the artisan food and craft producers that will descend on the village for the festive markets.

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