Tuesday 8th August 2017
Kilkenny / Carlow branch of the Samaritans are encouraging people from across Kilkenny, Carlow and the South East to ‘Empty their attics’ on Sunday, August 13th for the charity.

The novel fundraiser is being hosted by Castleinch Venue and Market which is Ireland’s largest and longest running market, previously known as The Kilkenny Car Boot Sale.

All entry fees from those participating will be donated to the Samaritans who provide 24 hour emotional support for people experiencing feelings of emotional distress and despair.

For anybody with an attic, garage or spare room full of old items, this is the ideal opportunity to add some feng-shui and order back into homes. The €10.00 entry fee from the charity-traders, will go direct to the Samaritans.

Running for almost 30 years, Castleinch Venue and Market was founded after Kilkenny man Jack Power stumbled upon a Car Boot Sales in North Wales and replicated the idea in Kilkenny.

Having begun with just five stalls, the market now has over 50 weekly market traders and car boot sellers. A wide range of items from antiques to other miscellaneous items can be found.

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Castleinch Venue and Market as their beneficiaries. We hope that people from right across the country will gather in the Castleinch Venue and Market with their un-wanted, never-used, and second-hand items to sell.” Says Ray Lannen of The Kilkenny/Carlow Samaritans.

Just 10 minutes from Kilkenny City, the weekly Sunday market at the Castleinch venue starts from 8.00am to 4.00pm and those who would like to be part of the action are advised to arrive from 7.30am.

The Samaritans provide 24 hour emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair including those which may lead to suicide. There are over 100 people, across Kilkenny and Carlow, working as volunteers. The most recent 2017 figures available suggest that volunteers are fielding an average of 4,000 calls per year across the two counties.

The organisation works in partnership with other groups, agencies and experts to influence and raise awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide.

‘Empty your attic’ for the Samaritans takes place, Sunday August 13th from 8.00am. For more information or to pre-book a space to trade, call 056 772 9266 / 086 257 5153.