They’re only eight years old, but that has not stopped Ryan Lynch and his friend, George Namikos, from starting up their very own business and, better still, using the profit from their enterprise to help their own club.
Last weekend saw the two boys open a sweet shop at the Killarney Christmas Tree Farm, and the profits will be donated to Fossa GAA club.
Both Ryan and George play under-8 with the club, and given its importance to their lives, they wanted to raise funds. They have exceeded their own expectations, with €650 raised in just two days last weekend, and their sweet shop will be open every weekend for the month of December.
The boys have come up with the idea of creating sweet cups, with a variety of sweets inside, and selling those to anyone who visits the Christmas tree farm, which is owned by Ryan’s grandfather, Nick Foley. The boys are hoping to add to the stock in the shop in the coming weeks and are currently creating their own hand-made Christmas reindeer from wood logs on the farm, and these will also be sold there in the coming weeks. This weekend also saw two special guests visit the shop: Fossa’s own David Clifford and former Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony.
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas and to create a fun atmosphere, the two boys took a page out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, dressing up as Oompa Loompas last weekend, and they intend to continue in December to attract customers and bring Christmas cheer to all in Kerry.
Given the COVID pandemic, Christmas is set to be very different this year, but the Killarney Christmas tree farm wants to ensure that families can still enjoy the season, with Santa arriving to the farm this Friday evening. Families can visit him over the month of December.
Santa will be safe in a special bubble, and children can follow the Christmas trail and see the man himself. All visits must be pre-booked. Santa will leave Killorglin this Friday evening at 6pm and head for the Killarney Christmas tree farm, and children on route can stand outside and see Santa on his journey. Nick’s daughter, Nicola Lynch, said they wanted to bring Christmas cheer to everyone in the county in whatever way they could.