Vivienne Mulligan, Sinead Uí Mhurchú and Karen Gavigan from the organising committee.

Community spirit a winner at Clonkill Christmas Market

There were more than 80 stalls and hundreds of visitors at the Clonkill Christmas Market on Sunday. The event raises funds for local causes each year, and this time the beneficiaries include Killucan Area Services, and the Golden Years Club (sponsorship for a demo night); Lucy’s Lifeline; the playschool in Loughegar; the local parents association; Teach Fáilte; the hurling club; and the camogie club.

Vivienne Mulligan, a member of the organising committee, said: “We’ve been doing this since 2016. We started off as a LipSync trio and we had to do a fundraiser for that, and it turned into this market.”

Vivienne and colleagues said they love to bring the community together, and that is an important part of the annual market.

“We’d like to thank everybody for taking part – all the people that applied, all the people that have come to support the market and everybody that sponsored, and all the volunteers that helped out. It takes a huge team effort to put this together, and we couldn’t do it without those people, and the local businesses that support us.”

Lauren English, Aoibhinn Murphy, Anna Kenny, Katie McDonnell and Cara Finnegan with Ray Dolan on Sunday.
Deputy Robert Troy, Rebecca Mullin and Niall Brennan on Sunday afternoon.
Mia O'Reilly and Bernadette Devine from Collinstown.
Ita Copley and Erin Corroon from Killucan.
Sinead Mahon from Mullingar and Richard Clogher from Castlepollard.
Lindsay Williams, Peter Williams and Margaret Melvin at the market.
Delia Rose and David Whelan at Sunday's market.
Peter Whelan and Sam Carey at Clonkill GAA.
Dolores Keaveny and Anne Marie Egerton had stalls on Sunday.