Craanford opens a community store –

MINISTER JAMES BROWNE and Cathaoirleach of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District CLLR PIP BREEN cut the ribbon at the new Community Shop and Digital Hub in Craanford. (Photo; Wexford County Council).

By Dan Walsh

Siopa Beag, the Craanford Community Shop and Digital Hub, is opening at its Parish Hall site and the project was delivered with funding under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme and additional funding from the Wexford County Council Economic Development Department.

The ribbon cutting and official opening were jointly carried out by Minister James Browne and Cathaoirleach of the Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Cllr Pip Breen.

District manager Philip Knight noted that Craanford had no village shop and this meant people were traveling to Gorey or Camolin just to pick up a few essentials.

The management of Siopa Beag has been taken over by Eimear Whitty, who stocks a wide range of local produce and pantry essentials and serves fresh coffee and tea.

Local Cllr Donal Kenny praised Liz Kavanagh and the Parish Hall Committee for their foresight to continue developing the store and digital hub to provide much-needed services to the community.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Pip Breen thanked those involved and said; “This is a wonderful store and digital hub and I would like to thank the elected members and officials who worked on this project,” he added; “We hope these projects will be put to good use by the local community to ensure they can continue to provide a service.”

Minister James Browne thanked Minister Heather Humphreys for her continued support of community projects, noting that she was “a good friend of Co. Wexford had been.”

The Digital Hub is a quiet office space with spacious desks, fast broadband internet, printing facilities, coffee and tea making facilities and even an isolation capsule for taking private telephone calls or video conferences. Space in the Digital Hub can be booked through Parish Hall Manager Liz Kavanagh.

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