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Keeping it local


This year I’ve made a conscience effort to try to keep my business locally. The calendars, as you know, contain photos all taken in County Sligo. So in taking the photos I’ve had to put petrol in my car and quite often had lunch or coffee where ever I’ve happened to be. All supporting local businesses.

Printfix in Sligo printed the calendars for me. I’m delighted with the quality and the service. From my first meeting with Caitriona, complete with a cuppa, to the finished result she has gone above and beyond my expectations.

From grabbing the calendars from them and running down the hill to deliver them to Liber and the Yeats Memorial Building. From buying the envelopes to post overseas in Clever Office or Sligo Office Suppies. Withdrawing the money from Sligo Credit Union, heading to the post office to post them. It’s all done locally.

Even selling on Etsy – I can sit at my kitchen table with my doggos at my feet and manage my customers. There’s a big shift now for remote working and I can see why. It makes life so much easier, I can fit in Jono’s appointments around much easier and work when I want to work.

If you are interested in finding out more about Grow remote and the event they have at the end of September you can click here.

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Simply Sligo – Gift Ideas

Sligo have a great variety of shops and markets, OK so we don’t have Marks and Spencer but we do have some unique places to shop. I’ve decided to do a post of gift ideas….all of these are aimed at me to be honest! I’ve decided if I like them, some of you will.

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A Sligo Sunday

Santa and Monica

I had a lovely day in Sligo today. I had to pick up Lucy from Sligo town and we went to Osta and had pancakes for breakfast. After that we headed to Suzy McCanny’s Christmas Pop Up Exhibition Store. It’s a brilliant idea with all different artists exhibiting their work in one place, I’d love it to be a permanent fixture in Sligo. There were so many things we’d have loved to buy… I wonder if it’s too late to add them to my Santa list 😉 To find out more about it you can click here.


After Sligo town we went along to Strandhill People’s Market to see Santa arriving. He was meant to arrive by helicopter but they had a call out so he came by fire engine instead. Santa was in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust and the trust would like to thank Sligo Leader for their grotto. It was brilliant to see all the excited children…and adults!…when Santa arrived.


This is the first time we have been to the Strandhill People’s Market since it’s been moved to Sligo airport. It’s brilliant, there is so much choice and variety.

Cake pops

There was also some amazing food there including sushi, vegan, cakes and loads more. Lucy ‘borrowed’ my camera so she has the best photos, her blog is here.


After going all the way to Dublin for the market last week (and it was awful) I realised yet again we really have the best of everything right on our doorstep. The atmosphere was great and there wasn’t a burnt hot dog in sight. Well done to all involved. The rest of my photos are here and you can find out more about the market here.



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Rathcormac Food and Craft Market


Rathcormac is the place to be every Saturday when the wonderful food and craft fair takes place. It’s on from 11am-4pm in Branley’s Yard, Rathcormac which is just between Sligo town and Drumcliffe. There is a wonderful atmosphere, brilliant stalls, friendly faces, live music, tasty food, the best of everything. It’s great to be able to support local businesses and find some really unique treasures.

Blue Pencil Arts

There are a wide variety of items for sale, too many for me to mention all the stall indivdually so I’ll just mention a few. To be honest I love them all though! The colourful plant pots are by Blue Pencil Arts.

Essential Me

Essential Me are at the market selling their wonderful products at affordable prices. Check out their website and you’ll see some photos from the product shoot I did with them.

Annies He-ART

Annies He-Art Studio are selling unique paintings. There are also other stalls selling paintings, woodwork, photos and anything you could think of.


June is there with all her lovely handmade crafts and signs.

Murson Farm

Murson Farm sell their fantastic breads, jams and cakes…I could eat them all 😉

Marshall Made It

Marshall Made It and Dreaming on a Star both have great stalls. They have brilliant gift ideas to suit every pocket.

Dreaming on a Star

There are lots more photos from the market here and Lucy did her own post about it here.


When you have finished looking around the market why not call into the Vintage Lane Cafe and treat yourself to a something tasty.


The cafe is warm and welcoming. The wood burning stove glows in the corner and the sun streams through the windows. I’m told Helen makes the most wonderful lemon cakes, they must be good because they were sold out when I was there. Oh well that’s a great excuse for me to visit tomorrow!


The craft village is also open. So with the market, the cafe and all the crafts Rathcormac makes for a great day out for all the family.