Hard pressed traders in Inishowen have got a break- at last!
Sales in Inishowen are on the rise as many snowed in shoppers are not risking travelling on treacherous roads to the bigger towns to buy their Christmas goodies, opting instead to shop locally
The manager of Super Valu in Carndonagh, Declan Glacken, is delighted with unexpected buzz about their shop in recent days, particularly since the most recent deluge began last Thursday:"The goods are absolutely flying off the shelves. Last year we had a great Christmas, but this year is far above what we could have expected it to be.
"Shoppers come from all over the peninsula to shop here in Super Valu and although it could be due to the weather, people know there are great deals to be had in-store. "More than anything, people are shopping local, and it's great to see."
Businesses in Moville are experiencing a similar boost in trade with shoppers preferring to leave the cars behind and walk to local shops.
Paddy Gillen from Eammon Gillens Ltd., Moville believes the cold weather is encouraging more and more people to shop locally:
"Things are going great so far. I'd imagine sales are up from last year just by looking around the shop, but I couldn't be sure until we look at the figures.
"We are delighted with the recent trade in the town, more and more people are definitely staying local in the run up to Christmas. We haven't had any problems with the cold weather so far, thankfully everyone is pulling together and the deliveries are getting here on time."
Lorraine Carey from the Buncrana Chamber of Commerce is happy to see people out and about in the town:
"It's been fantastic to see people in the town in the past while. The shopkeepers are doing everything they can to keep the momentum going and to keep their doors open. We are not using the snow as an excuse to shut the doors.
"Buncrana people were already doing such a great job of staying and shopping locally already and its nice to see the effort kept it, it's just now they have to do it on foot."
Carndonagh councillor, Charlie McConalogue has also urged people to do everything they can to support local retailers. He believes local shops now represent better value for customers than ever before and with the current weakness in the euro against sterling there is more reason than ever for people to shop locally this Christmas:
"It hasn't been an easy time for shops in Inishowen over the last couple of years with the recession hitting everyone and a strong euro meaning more people were shopping in the North. However local traders have responded strongly to the challenges faced by the recession and costs are now much lower than two years ago."