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Fairtrade worker tells her story as part of Limerick Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Limerick Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 – Winners of Fairtrade Poster competition announced. Pictured are Fairtrade poster competition winners, from left, Niamh Twomey and Lara Orosz, both from Milford NS, and Katie Quinn from Catherine McAuley School, along with Sara Montoya Fairtrade worker from Columbia and Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler. Picture: Diarmuid Greene Limerick Fair trade fortnight 2019

Fairtrade worker tells her story as part of Limerick Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Fairtrade worker Sara Montoya, from a Fairtrade Coffee Co-op in Columbia, was the special guest in Limerick at an event to coincide with Limerick Fairtrade Fortnight 2019.

Sara joined Fairtrade supporters from across Limerick and Ireland for the annual initiative, which features a programme of talks and community events aimed at promoting awareness of Fairtrade and Fairtrade-certified products. Speaking at the event in Dooradoyle, Sara outlined the success and benefits of the Fairtrade movement in Colombia and how important it is for people in the developed world think of Fairtrade products when shopping.


This year’s campaign ‘Create Fairtrade’ invites us all to use our imagination and create Fairtrade in our lives.

Young people from across Limerick city and county were also a focus of the event as they displayed their posters, which they created to help change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves.

Speaking at the event, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler said: “I want to thank the Limerick Fairtrade Committee for continuing their efforts to promote the Fairtrade message.  Since Limerick became a Fairtrade City in 2005, the movement has become a lot more visible and people have become a lot more conscious of where products are sourced.” “I would also like to congratulate the entrants in the poster competition.  Through your efforts, you are raising the profile of Fairtrade and the important work it carries out across the world.”

Chairperson of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee, Dolores O’Meara, said “While around €342 million worth of Fairtrade products were sold in Ireland in 2017, it’s important, we need to keep up this momentum.  Farmers on small holdings in the developing world depend on the choices we make as consumers.  When they trade through Fairtrade, they do not only get a fair price which provides them with a sustainable living but their Fairtrade Co-operative also gets an additional payment, which is used for community development projects.  We can change the world and bring about equality when we choose items with the Fairtrade logo.”

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Pictured are Fairtrade poster competition winners, from left, Katie Quinn from Catherine McAuley School, Lara Orosz and Niamh Twomey, both from Milford NS.

This event saw the winners of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee’s Poster Competition targeted at schools and community groups being announced.

Targeted at schools and community development groups, the Fairtrade Poster Competition 2019 winners are:

1st Prize: Lara Orosz, Milford NS

2nd Prize: Katie Quinn, Catherine McAuley School, South Circular Road

3rd Prize: Niamh Twomey, Milford NS


Sr Rosetta Gray Award: Alan Wallace, Desmond College, Newcastle West

 Highly Commended Medal Winners:

  • Robyn Fogarty and Emma Reynolds, Croom NS
  • Anne Greenslade, Jay Walsh, Joe Hyde, Kate O’Connor and Nathan Silien, Milford NS, Castletroy
  • Sarah Lehane, Cara Power, Molly Ryan, Oliver Sherlock and Roisin Flanagan, St John’s NS, Cratloe
  • Brooke Hennebry and Leah Carroll, Corpus Christ, Moyross
  • Shane Collins and Mark O’Sullivan, St Mary’s Boys’ NS, Abbeyfeale
  • Elina Freiberga and Emma O’Brien, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Roxborough
  • Alicia Redfern, Scoil Chaitriona, Cappamore
  • Shinranne Crawford, St Augustine’s School, Sexton St
  • Lauren Rosie O’Dwyer, Rian Holmes, Clara O’Sullivan, Ronan Power, Cian Enright, Ciara Looby, Knockea NS 
  • Darragh Murphy, Aaron Morris, John Roche, Meenkilly NS, Abbeyfeale
  • Patrick Peters, Elle Conway, Cáit Ní Mhaidín, Ailbhe Ní Chonaill Nic Mhánais, An Mhodhscoil, O’Connell Ave
  • Keyshia Avan, Liam Judge, Hawa Coco Gavi, Jodie Corbett, Renee O’Donoghue, Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Anna Ní Athairne, Caitlín Ní Riain, Caoimhe Ní Ghamhna and Molly Ní Chearbhaill, Laurel Hill Coláiste  FCJ, South Circular Road
  • Donal O’Farrell, Tommy Heffernan and Patricia Barrett, Brothers of Charity Fairgreen
  • Helen O’Regan, Michael John, Brothers of Charity Our Lady of Lourdes

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 continues until March 10. For more information, please contact Dolores O’Meara | Chair of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee | 087-2481651

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.