Santa’s Grotto Dates Announced In Aid Of Focus Ireland

This Christmas Strandhill People’s Market will take place on six dates in December. The doors of Hangar 1 will open every Sunday from 11am-4pm and the night markets will run on Friday 13th and Friday 20th December from 4pm-8pm.

Every year at SPM, Santa’s Grotto appears in Sligo Airport terminal building and this year the chosen charity to benefit will be Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland has provided homeless services in the Sligo and the North West for the last 12 years. However, the rate of homelessness in Sligo is increasing at an alarming rate and this year alone Focus Ireland has supported over 490 local people through their many services available.

Kieran Mulrooney of SPM said “We are very proud to support charities all year round at the market and over the past few months we’ve raised funds for Temple Street, North West Hospice, Sligo Cancer Society and many more. This December we are working with Focus Ireland to offer support to those who are homeless in the region. 100% of funds raised through the Santa’s Grotto at SPM will go directly to the organisation. This can only happen with a team of great volunteers so get in touch if you wish to help.”

Santa arrives by helicopter to SPM on Sunday 1st December. (Time to be announced closer to the day)

This always draws a huge crowd so keep an eye on our social media channels for more detail.

Santa’s Grotto will open on the following days in Sligo Airport with 100% of the money earned going to Focus Ireland.

  • Sunday 1st Dec Arriving by Helicopter (TBC) A big thanks to Rescue 118 and staff. 
  • Sunday 8th Dec 1pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 13th Dec 5pm – 8pm
  • Sunday 15th Dec 1pm – 3.30pm

The Focus Ireland team would welcome any support for the grotto from corporate sponsors.

Contact monica.mcelhinney@focusireland.ie or by phone on 0864115660