Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Everyone knows that shopping local is the right thing to do but in Ballina there is added incentive to support local businesses this Christmas — €10,000 worth of rewards.

It’s all thanks to the local Chamber of Commerce’s retail committee which has just launched its Christmas Cracker Bonanza Draw.

Ballina Chamber of commerce launching Christmas cracker bonanza

Launching Ballina’s Christmas Cracker Bonanza Draw were, from left: Garret Michael, Archers Topline; Maria Carr, Junction Restaurant; Miriam Caffrey, Caffrey’s Gallery, Gifts and Framing; Greg Connolly, Ballina Motor Care and Steven Hannick, Primary Solutions.

Now in its sixth year this innovative shop local promotion sees Ballina businesses provide 100 gift vouchers worth €100 each for a varied selection of local retail and hospitality outlets as part of a draw that commenced on Monday, December 18.

Anyone shopping local in participating stores will be invited to enter their names on the Christmas Cracker draw cards.

Draws will be held on Fridays, December 6 and 13 and Wednesday, December 18.

Chamber of Commerce president, Mr Hugh Rouse, said: “Irish retailers and suppliers are struggling to survive and it is vital that we support our own local enterprises during these difficult times.

“By buying Irish we secure Irish jobs and shopping local keeps Ballina businesses open and jobs in the community.

“These local businesses that support our sporting clubs and groups are the backbone of our community.”

An extensive programme of festive fun is planned for Ballina in the coming weeks as part of the 7th annual Frosty Salmon Festival which kicks off in style on Sunday, November 24 next when Santa and Mrs Claus arrive at the Jackie Clarke Collection to switch on the Christmas lights.

Further information on all things Frosty Salmon Festival is available from Ballina Tourist Office on Lower Pearse St. Call (096) 72800 or visit

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