Locals check out the new community store in Kilcrohane.

by Brian Moore

A NEW community market shop has opened in Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.

The market shop at the Old Creamery, which provides an all-weather space for the local producers who sell their produce at the weekly Sunday market, will be manned by volunteers and open everyday from Monday to Saturday.

“We have lots of wonderful fresh vegetables that include, at this time of the year, the famous Kilcrohane new potatoes, homemade jams and chutneys, cakes and bread, jewellery and a variety of other crafts available from across the Sheep’s Head,” explained market organiser Kate Arbon.

“It’s amazing the number of locals dropping in their surplus produce to sell as well and we cannot keep up with the demand for hens’ eggs.

“As the shop develops, we hope to see local meat and fish available too, along with knitwear and wood craft; the sky’s the limit.”

The usual Sunday market will continue to take place outside Eileen’s Pub in the village between 11am and 1pm.

“We would like to thank everybody for all their support and of course all the local producers who are supplying the new market shop.

“We would also like to thank Mr Patrick O’Donovan for officially opening the premises and his sons Stephen, Jerry and Timmy, for allowing us to use this incredible space,” Kate continued.

“We would also welcome any new volunteers interested in helping out at the shop. It’s a lovely project to get involved in and a great way to meet people in the area.”

The Sheep’s Head Producers Market Shop is open from 11am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.