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Support SMEs this Christmas

With three weekends until Christmas, we are appealing to Irish consumers and fellow ISME members to make a national effort to ‘shop local’ and ‘buy Irish’ this Christmas. Below are some members who want to show you what they can offer in terms of supporting SMEs this Christmas. To be included please email

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General footfall dramatically decreases at this time of year for Kilbaha Gallery, but these two women have pushed themselves and their village as a destination at Christmas. Loop Head might not be the first place you would think of during the festive season but there is certainly a rustic beauty to it:

Kilbaha Gallery

‘Our Gallery is based on the Loop Head peninsula, with the mouth of the Shannon River running behind us, and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in front of us.We are extremely lucky to have a vibrant and supportive community in Loop Head and in the wider West Clare area.

Ailish Connolly and Liz Greehy.

Find out more about the gallery and their plans for the festive season here:

Christmas before the bust was amazing say Wicklow Street Clinic Manager Jenny Boyce. It went very low for a while, but it has gradually picked up. It would be a real pity for small retailers to be lost, it means retail diversity is lost too, and that makes the world more boring.

The Wicklow Street Clinic

'We welcome people off the street, those who would like to make an appointment for a facial before Christmas and those who think a voucher is the best present for a loved one. Irish consumers should remember that by supporting local business they are supporting people, not shareholders, when they shop local.'

Clinic Manager Jenny Boyce.

Find out more about The Wicklow Street Clinic by visiting their website:

Are you looking for a dog sitter this Christmas? has thousands of trusted dog sitters nationwide who will care for your pet like a member of the family


To find a loving sitter all you need to do is visit and:

1. Search vetted dog sitters and walkers in your area
2. Message, book and pay securely online
3. Receive Photo Updates, Emergency Vet Care and 24/7 Support with every booking

ISME members are also entitled to a €10 discount for all bookings with the coupon code ISME.

Make a change this Christmas

Recycling paper cups has become a lot easier now with Return-a-Cup, exclusively available at Cups’n’Stuff.


The Return-a-Cup program contains a full case of 12oz Double Wall Cups (500pcs) with the option of personalised printing. We deliver, collect and recycle the paper cups all within the same case they were delivered in. This is the perfect solution for every busy cafe and office that want to make a change!

ISME members can avail of a 10% discount off any order (case quantities only) this Christmas with Cups’n’Stuff using code: Jinglebells10