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The Mayor, Michael Sheahan and Maria Byrne, Deputy Cathaoirleach presents Daniel Onyekaba from Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbrien at the 2014 Limerick City Fairtrade Christmas Card Competition at a ceremony in The Strand Hotel.<br />
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Christmas Card Competition at a ceremony in The Strand Hotel.  Sinead Reidy of Scoil Mhuire Broadford, Kristina Pupeikyte of Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon and Ciara Marron from Laurel Hill Secondary School were chosen ahead of hundreds of other local primary and secondary school students to have their cards reproduced and sent to a variety of local businesses, shops and cafes that have supported the Fairtrade initiative.<br />
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Limerick City was awarded status as a Fairtrade City in 2005 as a result of the concerted efforts by local people to ensure that Fairtrade produce was made widely available. <br />
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Ahead of this week's awards ceremony, Fairtrade Ireland congratulated the City on its 9th anniversary and its continued promotion of Fairtrade produce. The national organisation also commended Limerick for "contributing significantly to its work in promoting FT and enabling disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal."<br />
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This year's annual Christmas card competition - the theme of which was "Encourage people to use Fairtrade this Christmas" - was run by the Limerick City Fairtrade Group and supported by the Environment Section of Limerick City and County Council.<br />
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