Sunday 15th September saw a blustery and periodically very wet celebration of harvest in and around the Ballyroan Community Centre and parish church.
Wanderers Ballyboden GAA club provided a kick about for the younger visitors.
A traditional tinsmith sparked reminiscences of having the gob burnt off you by hot tea in a hot tin cup as well as admiration for the craftsmanship of the handmade kettles, jars and mugs.
My favourite was Newgrange Willow Design whose display ranged from fruit baskets to a garden room in the process of construction. The double walls were insulated with straw and the roof awaited a thatch to make it cosy. Ronan Russell, the designer and basketmaker at the helm, grows his own willow and sources more from local farmers who are growing bio-willow as fuel. Given this cheap and sustainable material he is confident that he can build willow huts and imaginative play houses to order in a matter of weeks. Their willow deer sculptures helped Moynalty win the Tidy Towns competition this year, so watch out for some popping up in a tidy town near you.