THE finishing touches are being made ahead of the highly-anticipated first-ever East Clare Christmas Fayre in a bid to raise crucial funds for Tuamgraney National School.

Taking place this Saturday, December 8, in Scariff Community College Hall, the upcoming fair is being described as “a fantastic opportunity for local makers and crafters to showcase their wares” while also providing much-needed resources for the local primary school.

Reaching out to local businesses, the school’s parents’ council expressed their excitement as they planned the event which is expected to showcase over 30 stalls along with “a whole range of activities”.

The “family fun-filled afternoon” will have something for everyone including a Santa’s grotto, crafts and gifts, festive treats and a kid’s corner along with food and beverages and a monster raffle.

Looking forward to the event, Tuamgraney National School Principal, Marie Moroney, expressed her gratitude towards the “great parents’ council” who “prioritise activities for the school” praising their efforts ahead of the “novel idea”.

Reiterating the school’s continuous need to raise funds for everyday activities such as PE equipment and workshops for children to participate in along with the everyday running expenditure of the school, Ms Moroney said that the imminent Fayre fundraiser will help counteract “less funds” coming in despite the fact that the school has “more expenses”.

“Funding is an issue for every national school,” she explained.

Taking time to thank the parents’ council for their “trojan work” Ms Moroney said that the idea will not only benefit the school but will also help promote local businesses, many who don’t have the means to advertise their products.

Local stall vendors and those from further afield such as South Galway and West Clare will display and sell their products with the event being described as a twofold fundraiser where smaller businesses can promote their goods while also making sure Tuamgraney National School benefits in the build up to Christmas.

Products available on the day include festive treats, mulled wine, fashion and beauty good, jewellery and accessories, cakes and confectionery while a mini disco for children under the age of 12 will take place. 

The free admission East Clare Christmas Fayre gets underway from 12pm until 4pm on Saturday, December 8, in Scariff Community College Hall.

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