Ballymaloe Craft Fair

written by Christopher McSweeney, Publishing Assistant, eThentique Ltd.

“Lights on the Horizon” goes to Ballymaloe

The Ballymaloe team, headed up by Bree Allen, were hugely supportive of ‘Lights on the Horizon’ at Ballymaloe Craft Fair 2021, where we had a stall for two weekends.

Weekend 1

From Friday the 19th of November to Sunday the 22nd of November we attended the Ballymaloe Craft Fair where we had a stall in the “Big Shed” for the whole weekend. Our aim was to sell copies of “Lights on the Horizon”, as well as our brand new greeting cards, which graphic designer Laura Douglas, who is also an author in the book, had designed for us.

On the Friday morning we went down to set up the stall and from the get go it was very enjoyable. There was a great atmosphere!

By the end of the day the stall was looking exceptionally well!

The very talented Nina Gilbert of “Design Bird” in Clonakilty, Co. Cork designed this fabulous roll-up banner for us for the Fair. Thank you Nina! As you can see it looked very well.

The Kenyan Connection

Over the course of the weekend we met some very interesting people!

One of the people who came up to talk to us about the book was Maria Kidney, a Director of the charity “Brighter Communities”. This charity is a registered non-government organisation which helps frontline workers in Kenya. Their aim is to “work in partnership with communities to deliver programmes that enrich lives and help create better futures for everyone”. Maria, Martin Ballantyne (CEO of “Brighter Communities”) and the team also had a stall at Ballymaloe Craft Fair, selling handmade goods from Kenya to raise money for their charity.

“Brighter Communities” bought ten signed copies of the book which are now well on their way to Kenya!

A picture of Niamh Cooper and Maria Kidney at the Ballymaloe Craft Fair

Over all it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience!

Weekend 2

The following weekend, writer Amy O’Connor, author of the poem “Soon”, and Muriel Foley, Director of Digital Marketing Agency MGFD, were at Ballymaloe Craft Fair on Saturday the 27th of November. Thank you so much, ladies, for doing an absolutely brilliant job in cold temperatures, running our stand for almost ten hours! You did a fabulous job flying the ‘Lights on the Horizon’ flag, and selling our charity book, and greeting cards with quotes from the book.

And a huge thank you to everyone who came out over both weekends and supported ‘Lights on the Horizon’.

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