Rossa Christmas market

O’Donovan Rossa hosted their second annual Christmas Market on Sunday and it was bigger and better than last year

This market is special as its run not just by a committee in the club, but also by the Rossa Positive Youth Champions (PYCs). The PYCs are a group of 13-17 year olds from the Club who worked with the Healthy Steps Committee to organise and run the return of what was a successful market last year. The PYCs were involved in running the first ever Rossa Christmas Market last year. They undertook this as part of the Positive Youth Champions programme run by Bremar Training, Glen Road where they also gained a Community Grade certificate from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Members of the club were blown away last year by the success of the market and by what the young people had worked together to achieve. The Healthy Steps Committee recognise the importance of the young people in the club and know that it is vital to nurture and develop them not just as players on the pitch but off the pitch too. They strive to do this by helping them work on their physical and mental health, teamworking and problem solving skills and all the other transversal and life skills that a programme like this brings. The market is an excellet avenue for this and the dedication and commitment that the young people involved have shown in the past few weeks to get the market orgainsed and running smoothly is truly phenomenal. It is a sure testament to the bright future of the club.  

Members of the club and the local community were encouraged to purchase a stall and come and sell their goods at the market. In the spirit of young enterprise, the Positive Youth Champions encouraged under 18s to take a stall by offering them a reduced rate

Over 500 people visited the market and over 28 local entrepreneurs and businesses took a stall to sell their wares, 4 of which were under 18 year olds.

The Positive Youth Champions continued their legacy this year, undertaking a 4 week Business Workshop, led by Lecturer in Business and Chair of Rossa’s Healthy Steps Committee where they learned practical business skills that they then put to use in running the market. The PYCs also ran their own enterprise on the day, selling their own limited edition design Rossa merchandise and handmade goods.

The market was great day out for Rossa members and people of the local community alike. Food providers included Double Trouble Cheesecakes, Sam Smith Strret Food and Mauds Coffee Boxx, keeping everyone well fed and warm. Stall holders ranged from Joe Carberry Photography and popular young local artist Rian Moylan to stalls selling sweets and treats, pebble frames, hampers, hurling and GAA equipment, fidget spinners and toys and seasonal gifts.

Local band Blood Brothers kept everyone entertained with their live set and the Rossa Childrens Choir sang festive carols at the tree lighting ceremony while kids and big kids got their very own Santa Selfie with Mr & Mrs Claus.

The Healthy Club Committee would like to thank everyone who came to the market, all the visitors and stall holders and everyone who helped out to make this market another to remember. They wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and will hopefully be back next year to continue the legacy of the Rossa Christmas Market.

Bert Trowlen went along for the Saffron Gael to see Santa and take a few pics

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