The Rathdowney Shopping Outlet in Co Laois closed its doors in 2012, another victim of the floundering economy.
Those doors will open again (albeit briefly) on Sunday May 8th between 11am and 5pm for a pop-up sale of everything from clothing and nappies to children’s toys and books.
According to Bernie Moloney, who provides storage for the goods, the items on sale this weekend were originally collected mainly in Belfast and other regions of the country, with the aim of shipping them to Gaza as part of the Gaza Toy drive. Red tape prevented them reaching their destination and while some supplies reached Greece and charities such as St Vincent de Paul, the remainder have been in storage for the past two years. Funds raised will be sent directly to the people of Gaza, while whatever is left over at the end of the sale will be donated to refugees in Europe.
Staffed by volunteers, there’s an admission fee of €3 for adults and €1 for children, with plenty of deals and bargains to be had inside. “Nappies will be on offer at 50% reduction…similarly baby wipes, all types of baby gear from newborn up to teenagers and all new and many brand names,” Bernie explains. “Toys and cuddly toys, shoes for all ages, tracksuits and sportswear…a small amount of adult clothes, super coats and jackets for kids, sleeping bags, first aid equipment, adult nappies…certainly worth the trip.”