Transition Towns Donabate Portrane is a not for profit voluntary and local organisation, part of the National and International Transition Towns Network. Our core purpose is to mobilise and facilitate community action in order to respond effectively and positively to peak oil and climate change through the building of local resilience with local community solutions and networks.
Christmas markets are becoming an increasing part of our seasonal festivities in Ireland and of course we can’t claim to have invented them. They originated in the 14thCentury in Germany and marked the four weeks of Advent -so the concept really spread like wildfire to Ireland!
In Donabate and Portrane we wish to mark the beginning of this festive season with a Christmas market on Saturday 30 November at 3pm until 7. This also coincides with the Christmas tree lightening up ceremony in Donabate village.
This is a great afternoon for adults to bump into friends and neighbours and share a glass of mulled wine and browse the many craft and food stalls. Kids will also enjoy the countdown to the Christmas tree being illuminated. Teenagers will enjoy standing around playing with their smartphones.
We will have lots of market favourites like cheese, bread, cakes and treats as well has many craft and gift sellers with great stuff like candles, decorations and books. We’ll have hot food to keep the tummies from rumbling and we’ll have fantastic coffee to keep us all alert.
The Christmas market will be at its usual spot at and in the Parish Hall and the lights ceremony will be in the church grounds at 4.30pm
We hope to see as many of you as possible and we wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Transition Towns Donabate Portrane
This is the only Apple update you need to hear about!
Two years ago TTDP invested in a community fruit press and crusher and had some great days using it at the market. We will have someone to help you press your apples this Saturday into beautiful juice. We know the tricks. All you need to do is bring along your apples and sterilised bottles. If you’ve loads of apples you may share some of the juice around for others to taste.
You can sterilize your bottles either using sterilizing chemical tablets e.g. Milton or by boiling them in water followed by drying them in the oven (this obviously applies to glass bottles)
In our experience kids get great enjoyment from the crushing so bring along the little ones!
The market season is drawing to a close and our traders have tried hard to provide a local alternative for your shopping, so it will be great to see you down there on every Saturday, but particularly for Apple Day.
Donabate Food and Craft Market takes place each Saturday between 11am and 3pm at the Parish Hall. You can’t miss it.
On Saturday 10th August we are celebrating our summer season with a bit of craic at Donabate Food and Craft Market. We’ll have some live music, some grilled organic burgers and sausages along with Ice Cream and face painting for the young and previously young. One of the things we’ll be celebrating is Eoin’s flourishing organic veg from Des Crinion’s farm. With this we present the freshest cheese, eggs, sourdough, cakes & home cooking, jams & specialities all from local traders. The market also features stalls offering handcrafts and gifts. We are also a wonderful open air coffee shop, with Anthony’s fresh barista coffee wafting out to greet you.
We’ll greet you too, by the way.
Transition Towns Donabate Portrane
And here is the fancy new poster that proves it. We hope the return of this great local initiative grabs your attention!
After what seemed like several Januaries in a row, we are finally emerging into Spring and just possibly, some warmer weather. About time too, because we at Transition Towns Donabate Portrane are chuffed to announce our Food and Craft Market returns on April 27th for the third year. Started in 2011 as an initiative to encourage a stronger local economy, the Market has given the stallholders a central place in the community to offer their produce. Some of them have availed of training and support from TTDP to start up small businesses. Others were up and running anyway and have joined us to provide a wide range of market stalls.
Although our core market is quality food items such as artisan bread, jams, cakes, chutneys, fish, eggs, cheese, fruit and vegetables we have also given a platform to local craft traders to offer their produce. Last year we had some wonderful stuff on sale from local crafts people working in wood, leather and glass.
Hot food is on offer from Frank who cooks up irresistible bratwursts. Again we are delighted and lucky to have Anto as our Barista, serving up some tremendous coffee to keep customers and stallholders going.
The market is located right in the heart of Donabate village in the grounds of the Parish Hall, so you’re going to have to try real hard to miss us. And if you do - you may hear us, as we will feature guest musicians throughout the season to keep the buzz ticking over.
We can’t wait to see you!
Donabate Food and Craft Market
Every Saturday from April 27th, Parish Hall, Donabate. 10.30 – 15.30
We have been successful in getting funding from Fingal Leader Partnership Company, The Dept of Agriculture, Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and the EU for 100% funding for the business courses and 75% for the market set up. We would like to thank them for tehir support, advice and encouragement.