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A Fair Day in Freshford

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

The Freshford Christmas Fair organised by Ionad Lachtain Church, Arts and Heritage Centre is this weekend.

It is in St Lachtain’s Church and Annexe from 12.30 pm on Sunday, December 4.

Knitted toys and garments, origami, art and woodwork will be on sale. Locally produced soaps and Freshford souvenir cards and carrier bags will also be on offer. 

A knitted crib scene has proved particularly popular in recent years while locally produced Christmas tree decorations are an addition this year. 

Local literature on sale includes the Ned Kennedy’s story on the life and work of local artist Edmund Fitzpatrick and Mike Cormack’s book of photographs of life in Freshford taken over the last 20 years. 

Older publications including Frigger’s Alley and In Slips, the history of coursing in Freshford are still available.  

Foodstuffs include honey, jams and tray bakes.            

Locals can view artefacts in the museum including the Prendergast (nursing) and Barnaville (print) Collections. 

The displays include a famine pot and a Freshford Cavalry medal dating from 1796. 

Most recent addition is a collection plate, donated by the St George Family to St Lachtain’s Church of Ireland in the 18th century. 

Ionad Lachtain Church, Arts and Heritage Centre will continue to open at weekends until Christmas. 

During opening hours (Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 4.30pm, the east window in the church makes a striking and colourful display. 

On Sunday, the Craft Fair will be preceded by a cake sale at Prague House after Mass at 11.30am. 

Freshford’s magnificent display of Christmas lights around The Green will be illuminated at 4.45pm. 

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