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DOWNPATRICK’S Market Street Cafe officially opened this week with a key commitment to purchasing locally and helping the environment

The cafe insists on sourcing food within a 15 mile radius of Downpatrick, and when not possible from County Down or the island of Ireland as a way of tackling the elongated supply-chain for basic foodstuffs operated by multinational companies. It is open Monday to Saturday from 8am.

With a focus on Fairtrade and freerange and organic produce, the cafe sells freshly hand-roasted Bailies Fairtrade coffee and offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch choices, along with home-made deserts and traybakes.

As well as its selection of hot drinks, fruit such as bananas as well as chocolate and smoothies are from Fairtrade and rain-forest alliance certified sources.

At Thursday’s Market Street Cafe launch, proprietor Brenda Enright said the business wanted to do its bit locally to tackle global issues as foodmiles, global warming and the impoverishment of farmers and primary producers.

“The ethos behind the Market Street Cafe is to tackle the root of these issues through our product sourcing and purchasing policy,” she said. “We have posted the detail of all our local suppliers on the wall and continue to work with suppliers to localise our product.”

Brenda Enright welcomed local clergy to the opening saying “Impoverishment of third world farmers is an urgent issue and I know the churches are all in support of the Fairtrade initiative Having chaired the Fairtrade campaign in Downpatrick and Lecale with other traders since 2006, I am delighted to be able to ensure that this campaign is central to the ethos of the Market Street Cafe.”

Mrs. Enright said the Fairtrade price paid to third world farmers allowed quality standards to be higher than those found in some standard food and drink supplies.

“Clearly we carry additional costs that cannot be passed on in the current economic climate,” she said. “But I feel sure that we will develop customer loyalty around our ethical purchasing policy that will carry us through to success.”

“You have the power to choose what you buy — I hope you will all spread the message.”

Mrs. Enright went on to extend thanks to everyone who helped get the Market Street Cafe set up over the past month.

“I’d like to thank my husband, councillor Cadogan Enright, Ross from Bailies, Claire Marie from Crossgar Foods and my staff, especially Francis and Debra for all the help they have given me in getting started these last four weeks,” said Brenda.

The Market Street Cafe is located at 31 Market Street, Downpatrick. Contact 028 4483 8935.


Photograph shows the Down District Fairtrade Committee, joined by local councillors, handing the proposed motion into the Down District Council. From left to right are Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright, William McCulla, Director at Down District Council, Fairtrade Committee members Emma Whitehead, Brenda Cooke & Adelle Corry and Cllr Robert Burgess of the UUP.

This article has been uploaded on behalf of the Down District Fairtrade Committee.

The Down District Fairtrade Committee have handed in a motion to the Down District Council last week as part of its activities for “Fairtrade Fortnight”.

The motion will be proposed to local councillors by Cllr Cadogan Enright of the Green Party and Cllr Robert Burgess of the UUP.

Down District Fairtrade Activist Emma Whitehead said, “This motion will ensure that the Down District Council is committed to sustainable development both locally and globally through its support of the Fairtrade Foundation in helping to improve the quality of life for people in less developed countries.”

“Fairtrade initiatives provide a key tool for tackling poverty and environmental damage in the developing world and so it is important we promote the use of Fairtrade products in the Down District area,” Concluded Emma Whitehead.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “I have been enthusiastically following the work of the local Fairtrade Committee and look forward to proposing this motion at council. I have already confirmed support for the motion from Cllr Anne MacAleenan from the SDLP, Cllr Jim Wells MLA of the DUP and Cllr Willie Clarke MLA of Sinn Fein.”

Cllr Robert Burgess said, “I was delighted to hear that the management team at the council has already signed up to the Down District Fairtrade directory and have been buying Fairtrade tea and coffee for some considerable time. The Fairtrade movement is making a serious difference to people in developing and third world countries and this is why I am supporting this motion and the work of the Fairtrade committee.”

Fairtrade Activist Emma Whitehead said, “If anyone would like to get involved in the campaign please send us an email at

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Photograph shows Fairtrade Committee Members joined by Councillor Cadogan Enright at the Fairtrade Meeting in the Health Store Downpatrick. From left to right – Helen Corry, Cllr Cadogan Enright, Adelle Corry, Emma Whitehead and Brenda Cooke.

This article was uploaded on behalf of the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committee.

The Downpatrick Fairtrade has been continuing its campaign to support local ethical business.

The Committee recently had a meeting in the Health Store Café Downpatrick. The Health Store stocks many Fairtrade products in its shop and café.

Julia Gill of the Health Store said, “The ethics of our Health Store is to stock local, organic, Fairtrade and ethically sourced foods and gifts. By doing so we hope to raise awareness of how the exploitation of many farmers across the world is still a major blight to many developing and third world countries.”

Helen Corry of the Fairtrade Committee said, “We had a very productive meeting and I was delighted to support the Health Store and learn more about the wide variety of Fairtrade and ethical products they have available.”

The Committee was joined by Councillor Cadogan Enright and discussed the motion presently being prepared for the Down District Council which Cllr Enright has agreed to propose.

Cllr Enright said, “The Fairtrade committee were aware that a motion was already past a few years by the council in support of Fairtrade. The new motion will be to re-instate this support by aiding the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committee in its endeavour to make Downpatrick a Fairtrade Town.”

“I am delighted to see the enthusiasm for Fairtrade in Downpatrick and the Down District. I have agreed to host a directory of Fairtrade Business on my website as another way to support the efforts of the Fairtrade Committee in Downpatrick.”

Downpatrick Fairtrade Chairperson Helen Corry concluded, “Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers in developing and third world coutries. It is for this reason that the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committee supports those local businesses who have taken the step to introduce Fairtrade Products onto their shelves.”

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Cllr Enright will be showing his support for Fairtrade by hosting the Downpatrick Fairtrade Committees Fairtrade Directory of local business.

Directory Coming soon!

Fairtrade campaign’s boost

Fairtrade campaign’s boost,

Fairtrade Campaign

Fairtrade Campaign, originally uploaded by downgreenparty.