Shopping Fairtrade Limerick more important than ever

  • Fairtrade Cards Awards Limerick (Pic Brian Arthur)
Ella Roche from Scoil Na Trionóide Naofa, Doon and Milana Bokane of Laurel Hill with acting Deputy Mayor Cllr Sarah Kiely. (Pic: Brian Arthur)

Students from schools across Limerick have been told that climate change is making the work of the Fairtrade organisation more important than ever. The appeal came as pupils visited Istrabraq Hall in Limerick City and County Council Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay on Tuesday (19 Nov 2019) to promote the Fairtrade message and to help celebrate Fairtrade Limerick’s 14th Birthday.

As part of the awareness programme, the students have created Christmas Cards centred on the Fairtrade message of promoting fair trading practices between Ireland and developing countries.

Cards were created by pupils of all ages, ranging from six up to 18 and involved schools across the city and county, illustrating what Fairtrade means to them.

The overall winner was:

Amy Mucko, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital

Her card will now be reproduced and available to purchase at a number of local businesses, shops and cafes that have supported the Fairtrade initiative throughout the past 12 months.

Addressing the pupils from schools across Limerick, Cllr Sarah Kiely said “We’ve all heard of the plight of single-use cup or the plastic straw, which are in the process of being a thing of the past. Choosing Fairtrade means that you care how the product was produced, who produced it and what benefit they get.”

"It means taking a look behind the brands, the messages and get to the real story behind the product. That is what Fairtrade is about! There are over 1.7 million producers, farmers and workers spread across more than 75 countries in the world participating in Fairtrade with sales in 2017 reaching 9.2 billion US Dollars.”

Announcing the winners of this year’s school’s Christmas Card, Fairtrade Limerick said the challenges being faced by farmers in Ireland are mirrored by farmers in the developing world.

Dolores O’Meara, Chair of the Limerick City Fairtrade Committee said: “In recent times, we have become familiar with the havoc brought about by climate change. Farmers in the developing world have to face these challenges also. They have to deal with flooding, landslides and drought. Many of them lose the crops that they need to sell in order to survive.

“Farmers working through the Fairtrade initiative have a better chance of coping with this — they get a better price, a fair price, for their produce and some of their money goes into educating and training them to cope with environmental and climatic change. We must continue to support them by looking for the bananas, tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate with the Fairtrade logo and putting them in our shopping baskets.”

The gathering in Istabraq Hall also marked the 14th anniversary of Limerick City as a Fairtrade City.

Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 thanks to the concerted efforts of local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available.

It shows Limerick City’s commitment to supporting a fairer trading system with developing countries.

The Fairtrade programme ensures that producers in developing countries receive a fair price for their products.  A minimum price for negotiations between producer and purchaser is set in order to ensure the producers are guaranteed a sustainable business. However, if the market price is higher than this minimum price set, then the purchaser must pay the market price.

Further information on how the Fairtrade programme operates is available at

Schools Christmas Card Competition 2019

Overall Winner – Amy Mucko, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital

Junior Section - Erika McCarthy, Milford National School, Castletroy

Senior Section - Ella Roche, Scoil Na Trionóide Naofa, Doon and Milana Bokane, Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ Limerick

Highly Commended in the Junior Section

St Mary’s Boy NS, Abbeyfeale

Ronel David, Shane Collins

Donoughmore NS

Hollie Kearns, Amerie Peyton Mujeni, Aimee May Ryan

Corpus Christi NS. Moyross

Katie MacNamara, Kayla Vaughan, Rihanna Fitzgerald, Leah Carroll, Allanah Roche Price, Megan O’Gorman, Emma Downey

St John’s NS, Cratloe

Hannah Boyce, Tobey Molony

Knockea NS

Ayla Holmes, Leanna, Jack Keane, Benjamin O’Dwyer

Milford NS, Castletroy

Eabha Cregan, Sean Hendrick, Aoife Rose Lally, Katarina Kovacevic, Maria Amor O’Donovan

Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough

Isabella Slattery Coll, Vivienne O’Brien

Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Rosbrien

Momo Adedeji, Elizabeth Palkova, Devaranjini Okamkode Suresh Babu, Taylor Collins

An Mhodhscoil, O’Connell Ave

Tara Ni Mhaidin

Scoil Mhuire, Broadford

Jenna Fitzgerald, Robbie Neenan, Lucie Cussen

Highly Commended in the Senior Section

Catherine McAuley School, SC Rd Limerick

Gerard Callinan

Scoil Na Trionóide Naofa, Doon

Tom Ryan, Lily Holmes, Danielle Ryan, Molly Ryan, Abbigail Mockett, Jules Verne, Isabelle Maher, Aine Whelan

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ Limerick

Eimear Quigney

John the Baptist Community School, Hospital

Eimear Griffin, Wiktoria Gruszecka

Thomond Community College, Moylish

Tamika Quillen

Desmond College Newcastle West

Emily Garrett

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