LIMERICK people are being encouraged to keep their money circulating locally over the Christmas shopping period with the launch of the 2022 Limerick Gift Card.
Operated by One4all, the Limerick Card is accepted by more than 150 retailers and businesses. It is part of an initiative by Limerick Chamber to support local businesses and can only be used in stores in Limerick.
Mayor Francis Foley said that shopping locally is vitally important throughout the year and none more so than at Christmas.
“We’re urging everyone to shop in Limerick for Christmas. Meet your friends, get a bite to eat and make an occasion out of it. We all missed social contacts in the last two years, so why not make memories while also supporting local jobs and businesses.”
Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan said that Limerick shops need local support this year more than ever, so it is vital that people spend their money with local employers instead of anonymous online outlets.
“I’ll be doing my Christmas gift shopping early and in person over the coming weekends. My budget is done and I’m looking forward to browsing boutiques, sports shops and garden centres to choose the perfect gifts,” she added.
The amount employers can give to employee’s tax free through gift cards and vouchers was increased to a maximum of €1,000 a year in the budget.
Limerick Chamber is urging workers to ask their employer for The Limerick Gift Card this year.
The card can be used in any of the 150 outlets that currently accept One4all gift cards across Limerick city and county, including Brown Thomas, O’Mahony’s bookstore, The Absolute Hotel, Mathew Stephens Jewellers, Hamptons Bar and Grill, Kimono Boutique and Platform Boutique, (Newcastle West) as well as Tesco outlets countywide.
Cards can be purchased over the counter at Limerick Post Offices or online here