For those who want to roll back the years, relive the pleasures of days gone by, smell the heavenly aroma of freshly baked bread, spread generously with homemade country butter and topped with fresh fruit jam, then the Cooley Market is for you
Everybody is invited to call to the Market on Sunday 22nd July, which is open from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free and the proceeds from the sale of all items will be donated to The Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre, Dundalk.
On that day, in the Parochial Hall, there will be a showcase of home produced foods. The entire community comes together as the many ladies on the Cooley Peninsula roll up their sleeves, done their aprons and produce a wonderful display of home baking which is guaranteed to bring back many happy memories of yesteryear.
Breads of every imaginable shape, size, and type will be there. There will tarts made from locally grown Cooley apples and rhubarb, scones, cakes, fruit bracks and desserts galore. There will be stalls selling locally produced honey, home grown vegetables, and fresh potatoes, plucked straight from the gardens of Cooley.
The local hens will make their own valued contribution, with stalls selling fresh eggs from their warm nests on Sunday morning. There will also be a wonderful selection of fresh fruit jams and marmalades, preservative free, all made using tried and trusted recipes passed down through the generations of Cooley women.
The bric a brac stalls are guaranteed to be a hive of activity, with many good quality items at knock down prices. There will be vintage linen stalls selling original obsolete items at yesteryear prices. There will also be a selection of handbags, books, bicycles, and furniture at recession beating prices. So, come early to bag the bargains!!
There will be plenty for the kiddies with toys and old style ‘lucky dip’ stalls to be enjoyed. Grandma’s country kitchen will have a ‘cead mile failte’ for everybody serving teas, and a fanfare of home baking all day long.
The stall which will create most interest will be the stall selling homemade country butter. The clients who use the services of The Birches Day Centre have taken up the challenge of making the butter. The organisers of the country market are bringing a vintage churn to the day centre. There, as the clients place their tired weary hands on the dash, no doubt many long forgotten memories will be resurrected. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our treasured elderly to show off their butter making skills and prove that they can still very much contribute to our society.
All money raised on the day will be donated to the The Birches, Alzheimer Day Care Centre in Dundalk. Staff from The Birches will be in attendance in Cooley Hall on the day of the market to answer any questions the public may have on Alzheimer Disease.
Organiser Anne Carroll said “The Birches is a wonderful refuge for those who are living with Alzheimer Disease. In The Birches, the clients are cared for with much dignity, by the team of qualified staff who know and understand this stressful disease. People living with Alzheimer disease can avail of the day care centre and also respite services’.
“The Centre which is an oasis of peace, can be like a beacon of light for the family as they struggle through dark days desperately trying to understand the disease which a loved one has. With the help and support of the Birches they come to understand the changes in a loved one’s life and they get the support to deal with it”.