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Thursday 17 October 2019

Crafty CTEC ladies open pop-up shop for festival

Collette Ward and Sue Barker at the shop opening in Lowney's Mall.

A GROUP of crafty Wexford women have established a -popup' shop in the town selling a range of hand-made products.

The women are all graduates of a training course organised by the Community Training and Education Centre (CTEC).

CTEC received funding earlier this year under the Equality for Women Measure, to provide training for 18 local crafts women.The participants trained to FETAC level six and are now qualified to deliver professional training courses themselves in a variety of traditional crafts.

As a further encouragement, CTEC has helped them to open a 'pop-up' craft shop at Lowney's Mall in South Main Street.

The shop will be open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the Opera Festival and in the runupo to Christmas.

As well as selling bags, scarves, hats, patchwork quilts and purses, the women will be giving demonstrations of the various crafts and offering advice on how to get started in craftwork.

CTEC manager Patricia Howlin congratulated the women on the beautiful items they designed and created.

She thanked local businessman Brendan Lowney supporting the fledgling business.

The Craft Centre was officially opened by Wexford Chamber of Commerce CEO Madeleine Quirke.

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