20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

They didn’t let a bit of rain dampen their spirits at the recent Open Day of Made in Monaghan, held last Saturday in The Diamond.

In true Monaghan style, people came out in great numbers to support this initiative, which is co-ordinated by Monaghan LEO and Monaghan County Council. A growing community of 17 local and hugely talented Artisan Food and Craft producers have taken up residency in this Pop Up venture, that complements the fine, existing retail offering of Monaghan town.

They are overwhelmed by the support given to this project and in particular to Mullan Lighting for the supply of their bespoke fittings, to Seamus McKenna of M&S Electric for kindly fitting them, and for the continuing support of Monaghan County Enterprise Fund and the local bands Sun.Set.Ships and FIELDS, who provided upbeat music on the day. Local celebrities Fíonnadh McGongaile and Cathy McKenna, who are currently on The Great Irish Bake Off, made a guest appearance and Cathy provided some ideas for making those all-important, Cake Toppers. Everyone would like to wish both budding entrepreneurs well in their baking endeavours.

This Pop Up initiative aims to highlight the work by some of Co. Monaghan’s finest Artisan Food and Craft products and is an ideal outlet to source those special handmade Christmas gifts. According to Eilín Connolly of Monaghan LEO, “This Pop–Up shop is a collaborative effort to support local businesses, develop capacity and to complement the retail experience of Monaghan town”. She continues, “This retail collective captures the bringing together of some of the County’s best products, many of which have won local and national awards and we are delighted to be part of it”.

An eclectic mix of distinctive interior …


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