Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 on Rathlin Island

Friday 13 March 2015

One of the displays for Fairtrade Fortnight made by the children of St Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island._0.jpg

Congratulations to all involved in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight on Rathlin. The island is the only Fairtrade Island in Ireland, and this year Rathlin businesses were at the forefront of promoting Fairtrade products, and demonstrating the island community’s year-round commitment to Fairtrade.

Cllr Donal Cunningham catching up with Michael Cecil, Chair of the Rathlin Development and Community Association over a Fairtrade coffee in the Water Shed Cafe, Rathlin Island._0.jpg

The focal point of the Fortnight this year was a visit by Councillor Donal Cunningham, the Chair of Moyle District Council, who was happy to show his and the Council’s support for Fairtrade in the Moyle area.

The propietors of the Water Shed Cafe on Rathlin Island, Sarah Coyle and Suzy McKirdy with Cllr Donal Cunningham._0.jpg

Donal visited St Mary’s Primary School, and was suitably impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the children, and by the quality of the information displays they had made for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Cllr Donal Cunningham with Geraldine Anslow of Rathlin Island's community-run shop._0.jpg

Also on the itinerary were visits to island businesses new and old that have shown their support by stocking Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, sugar and much more. This year, that meant a stop off at the new Water Shed Café for the menu specials of Fairtrade brownies, madeleines and mochas, before dropping by the island shop run by the Rathlin Co-Operative, which has built up an impressive stock of Fairtrade products. Then it was on to McCuaig’s Bar and Emma’s Chip Ahoy, both of which are stocking Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar.

Cllr Donal Cunningham with Teresa McCurdy of McCuaig's Bar, Rathlin Island and Jessica Bates of the island's Fairtrade Group._0.jpg

All in all, the visit – and Fairtrade Fortnight more generally - served to highlight the level of business and community involvement in Fairtrade, and the range of products readily available on Rathlin, whether you’re food shopping or looking for a relaxing cuppa.

Some of the Fairtrade goods on display in the Rathlin shop._0.jpg

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