Pullough is a rural area with a population of 700 people.
When the shop in Pullough closed down many people were left with no choice but to travel to get their daily necessities. This was a problem as many elderly citizens didn’t have a way to get into the nearest town. This took away their independence.
A group from Pullough of about seven to eight people with the help of the OLDC identified the problem and came up with a solution. They wanted to set up a community shop where locals could volunteer their spare time and help out. The shop gained momentum and as a result more people volunteered.
As the shop became a more focal part of the community many projects were started such as opening up a Café and a youth space. The youth space is filled with books, a pool table and beanbags. This has taken off very well as teens visit this space daily.
There is also a movie night held every Wednesday which is highly anticipated by the children all week.
They also plan on setting up a summer camp this August for kids.
At Christmas, they turn on the Christmas lights and bring Santa Clause along for the kids. The kids sing Christmas Carols as they await Santa’s arrival. The kids burst with excitement as they see Santa arriving on his sleigh. There is also a Christmas Market where locals sell festive buns and cakes. The Men’s Shed sell wooden horses and other beautifully crafted items. Some students use this market as an oppurtunity to sell their enterprise ideas.
They also held a morning for the Active Age club and Men’s Shed. John Molloy performed and both clubs thoroughly enjoyed it.
The next venture they’re looking forward to is the Greenway project which will be rolling out in the next few months.
The Pullough Community Shop and Café recently featured in a special segment on RTE Radio 1’s Countrywide programme broadcast on Saturday mornings.
The Shop has been open for eighteen months and have recently won Outstanding Group at the 2018 Volunteer Ireland Awards and appeared on TG4. A magazine also stated that there are rumours circulating that Pullough will feature on RTEs Nationwide programme over the coming months.
The group should be immensely proud of their progress, achievements and how well this space has turned out.
Amber Poland is a student at Gallen Communty School , Ferbane who recently spent a period of work experience at the Tribune.