Shoppers urged to stay in Newbridge

Newbridge Chamber is calling on locals to shop local this Christmas.

Newbridge Chamber is calling on locals to shop local this Christmas.

This year’s seasonal Shop Local campaign was launched recently at Riverbank Arts Centre byNewbridge Chamber President Con McNamara .

“The annual Christmas spend is vital for a buoyant economy, to keep jobs and facilities in the area,” he said.

“It is now possible to complete your Christmas list quickly and economically right here on your doorstep. Shopping in Newbridge will spread seasonal goodwill to local retailers and their employees and contribute to keeping Newbridge a vibrant place in which to live and work.”

The Chamber is encouraging shoppers ‘to wrap up the Newbridge 200 celebrations’ by staying local.

“Every cent spent in Newbridge this year socialising or buying Christmas presents will help support local employers to remain in business,” he said.

“And so in turn pay their staff and suppliers, while contributing to the tax and rates intake for the area. We are also fortunate in having wonderful artists and craftspeople in Newbridge and throughout Kildare. Look to our own and find unique presents for those on your list.

Let’s wrap up 2012 and celebrate our 200th Christmas with a bang.”

Meanwhile the Riverbank Arts Centre is promising a winter wonderland this Christmas, Maeve Clancy’s exhibition ‘Hidden Places’ will create a paper wonderland within the centre the exhibition opens December, 8 along with a screening of ‘Tales of the Night’ at 2pm.

The super group, The Gloaming, featuring 5 of Ireland’s top Irish musicians will take to the stage on December 6 for some amazing contemporary Irish music.

In a novel move for Newbridge, The Nutcracker will be showing live from Russia on Sunday December, 16 while the classic Aida (Verdi) will be screened live from The Met, New York on Saturday December 15.

Meanwhile world renowned soprano, Celine Byrne will return to her roots and perform on December 21 and December 22.