You’d have to hand it to Siobhan Hanley – she knows how to throw a Christmas market.
Of course, it helps when you’re bestest friends with perhaps the country’s most successful foodie merchants of the last five years, and you’re working with someone smart, like Orna Murphy, but tonight at The Happy Pear, the oul’ Christmas magic was in full swing.
With 19 stalls taking up pretty much every space in this newly-extended and labyrinthine cafe, everywhere you turned, there was some wonderful homemade art, some freshly-knitted Y-fronts or a little nest of gluten-free, organic, free-range Christmas cards. On a bed of avocado & basil shavings.
Yep, the place was full of joy and wonder. And, when it came to the ground-floor enclave, lots and lots of emotional hugging, for some strange reason. Are these girls just back from Nam…?
Fair fecks to everyone involved, and a special nod to local wire sculpture Emma Jane Rushworth, for those twinking giant orbs out on the pavement. Kept one young girl entertained for hours…
No doubt about it, young Hanley has set the Greystones Christmas market bar pretty darn high, people…
So, time to finally get your act together, hippies.