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Tandragee traders gear up for Christmas light switch-on and twilight market

It’s December and that means it’s Christmas but the festive vibes will be well and truly felt in Tandragee this week.

For Friday night is the official Christmas lights switch on – marking the beginning of the season here in the famous Co Armagh town.

Tandragee is one of six small towns across the ABC borough celebrating with a Twilight Market for the first time this year, following Council’s welcomed decision to spread the Christmas cheer beyond the bigger towns.

The Twilight Markets are an exciting addition to the annual switch on events and hundreds are expected to turn up for what promises to be a festive fun-filled occasion.

The event will kick-off at 6.30pm on Market Street and will continue through to 9.30pm.

And expect a special visit from a certain man in a red coat – parking is free by the way!

There will be local traders will local gifts and produce on offer, so please come along and support a wonderful community event.

And thank you to these Tandragee businesses for their support. #SupportLocal

Graphic Answers

Growth leads to office move in Tandragee!

Print and graphic design firm, Graphic Answers, has moved from its office base where it has been situated for the last 13 years to new offices on the main street in Tandragee last year.

Graphic Answers, a one-stop shop which delivers print, graphic design and web solutions, recently made the move to new offices in the former Ulster Bank premises at 73-77 Market Street, enlivening the main street.

The relocation comes as a result of the growth of the family business over the past few years, which has seen their turnover and workforce increase.

Husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Macartney, said: “We are thankful for the loyalty of our valued customers which has fuelled our continued growth meaning we outgrew our last premises. We are delighted with the move and our redevelopment work will not only improve the working environment for our staff but it will be an impressive space for clients to visit.

“Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow our diverse range of services and provide exceptional value and superior customer service.”

The company now occupies 1500 sq ft of modern ground floor office and workshop space. They also are offering first floor serviced offices for micro business requiring designated office space, called No 77 Serviced Offices

The couple have recently diversified their business and opened ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’. This family run company has produced a range of Christian stationery and gifts. Products include Calendars, cards, candles, gift packs etc.

This company has been born as a result of our main graphic design and print business Graphic Answers. We take such pleasure in helping our clients develop their different Christian ranges, that we felt it was time to start our own!

As a husband and wife, we have been in business together for over 13 years and developing our own range of stationery and gifts was a natural progression. We have a wonderful team behind us and have thoroughly enjoyed taking this leap! We have decided to commence this new brand, by focusing on our printed ranges. These have all been designed in house.

We have been very encouraged by the support of local people and had a very successful open day some weeks ago. Our products can be sourced at several Christian bookshops. We hope to open a shop from our current premises in the middle of December. This will give clients a chance to call in and peruse the range at leisure.

Chris & Sarah would like to thank the local community for their continued support and wish all their clients a very Happy Christmas!

For further information, on any aspect of their businesses please contact:

Graphic Answers – 02838830677

Iron Sharpens Iron – 07789436597

No 77 Serviced Offices – 07789436596

Next Move Property Services

Friendly, personal and professional service.

Whilst Next Move are a relatively new name in the property market we certainly aren’t lacking in experience when it comes to having an extensive knowledge of the local area and of the property market in general.

Paul Berry has been involved in the property market in the local area since 2008. 

Paul’s extensive knowledge of the local marketplace, and his experience of selling and renting all types of properties in all price ranges, makes him well equipped to head up the team at Next Move Property Sales. Paul has the ability, drive and determination needed to succeed in winning business and creating opportunities by combining the most up to date techniques with traditional and proven estate agency methods.

Paul has a wealth of experience in collecting information about a property, estimating its value and then promoting it for sale or rent. Paul is committed to delivering a quality, professional and friendly service and is the driving force behind Next Move Property Sales.

At Next Move we recognise the importance of using someone that you can trust to handle the sale, purchase or rental of your property, and it is our top priority to provide you with a friendly, personal and professional service that you will only get from a growing, local, independent business.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all our clients, irrespective of where they are on the property ladder, are provided with a first class service, and our young and dynamic team is fully committed to generating the maximum possible exposure for your property, thereby ensuring a successful sale or rental agreement.

Although based in Tandragee, Next Move can manage your sale or rental right across Co Armagh and further afield. Having embraced the new technologies at their disposal, including the latest walk-through property videos and professional photography, Next Move strives to ensure that your property is profiled exactly right leading to the best possible outcome and sales for their clients. “We recognise peoples’ desire to own their own homes, and our clients can be assured that we will guide them safely through the property market,” says Paul. 

For a first class professional service and honest advice, look no further than Next Move Property Sales and let us challenge your expectations. Click HERE to like Next Move on Facebook and get regular updates on new properties in the sales and rental markets. 

Tandragee Motor Works

Based at Unit 2 Tandragee Enterprise Park, Madden Road,  Tandragee Motor Works is the first stop for all your motoring needs this winter. Whether it’s an oil check or new tyres they have you covered. You only have to read the 5-star reviews on their Facebook page to see you are in very capable hands.

A family run business going from strength to strength Tandragee motor works goes that extra mile to leave a customer satisfied Ian’s knowledge is scary sometimes and it isn’t learned in no books it comes from his on the job experience 5 star experience every time.”

Another said: “Recently we needed mechanical services urgently and Tandragee Motor Works accurately diagnosed the fault and repaired the car as quickly as possible (after hours). I would highly recommend Ian and this Company. Keep up the good work! 5 Star Service.”

It is true that good service is a skill and one that sadly now everyone processes, great to see that this business has a reputation build on quality service, and high level workmanship.

As well as keeping your up to date on Facebook have a read on the top tips for vehicle maintenance this winter and don’t forgot Tandragee Motor Works this year for all your motoring needs. 


Check your brake discs for signs of uneven wear and keep an eye on how much brake pads you have left. Any strange noises from your brakes is usually a sign of worn pads.  A spongy brake pedal could mean worn pads or discs, low brake fluid or air in the system.


Check your cars oil regularly by first warming your car up, then turn it off, open the bonnet, allow the oil to settle, and then remove the dip-stick.

Clean it with a paper towel or cloth and re-insert into the engine then remove to check your oil level.

There will be a minimum and maximum level and ideally you want your oil to be in the middle or slightly above.   But don’t over fill as this can be as damaging as too little oil in your engine.


Chips or cracks on your windscreen can mean an MOT fail but if caught early they can be repaired before the crack starts to spread.

Windscreen Wipers and Washer levels

If your windscreen wipers are leaving water behind or smears check them for signs of wear, tears or rips and replace.

Also keep your windscreen washer reservoir level topped up with a mixture of water and cleaning additive that has an anti-freeze agent.


A faulty headlight will provide poor visibility and can be dangerous to oncoming traffic as you may be mistaken for a motorbike and it will also draw the attention of the Police.

Carry out a regular visual inspection of all the lights – side lights first, then dipped headlights, main headlights, fog lights.  Turn on your hazard lights to check the indicators and use a reflection or ask a friend to press the brake pedal so you can check they are working.


A healthy battery is essential and during winter it is put under a lot of pressure so tell-tale signs of a battery becoming weak is when you turn the key if the turnover become laboured or if your lights look dim and your wipers move slowly.  Although this can also be a sign of a faulty alternator.

Kids Academy, Tandragee

Kids Academy Tandragee

Kids Academy is a purpose built day nursery, located directly across from Tandragee Primary School on the Portadown road.

The facilities of Kids Academy are all provided on ground floor level except for the after-school club. The rooms are attractive, bright and airy, with a wide range of equipment. 

Outdoor and indoor play activities are extensive. Outdoor play facilities include; a playground, large free play area and a covered area with a soft surface that allows for outdoor activities and fresh air even on wet days.

Indoor play facilities include; sand and water, art and crafts, dressing up, construction, music and movement, books, computers, tabletop activities and cookery.

Kids Academy is owned by Martin and Gillian Kerr, who are experienced daycare owners having established Kids Academy Banbridge in 2003. Kids Academy Tandragee  is managed by Julieanne Guiney, Officer in Charge (QCF Level 5 in Leadership for Children’s Care Learning and Development (Management) and who has over 20 years experience in childcare. Tanya Stock is Deputy Officer in Charge and Lisa Cunningham and Noelle Cowan are Assistant Deputy Officers in Charge. 

Emphasis is placed on the development of each child physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally and D.E.N.I.’s Curricular Guidance for Pre-school Education is fully implemented.

Kids Academy provides:

  • Breakfast – cereal, toast, milk or water.
  • Snacks at 10 am and 3pm– variety of breads, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, milk/juice or water.
  • Lunch – hot nourishing meal.
  • Optional 5pm tea.

All meals are prepared on the premises by their cook. Fresh produce is used where possible and frozen, convenience and processed foods kept to a minimum. Meat is purchased from Wilkinson’s Butchers in Tandragee. Vegetables and fruit are all purchased from Garden Fresh in Tandragee.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact anyone of our management team.

Email: Telephone: 028 38840105.

Why not like our Facebook page to view some of our activities and to keep up to date with us.  

Herrons Country Fried Chicken

Herrons Country Fried Chicken, Northern Irelands Local Takeaway Herrons CFC has been your preferred local fried chicken take-away since the first store opened 30 years ago in Newcastle.

Herrons Country Fried is no stranger to Tandragee with locals flocking to it on a regular basis for their tasty treats.

Based at 110 Market Street, Herrons has been long established in the town and this is probably accredited to their outstanding customer service and attention to detail.

With an extensive Country Fried Chicken menu you are sure to find something to tickle your taste buds – from succulent Chicken burgers to kebab on chip meals you won’t be left hungry after a visit to this popular eatery.

Hot Stoves, Tandragee

Hot Stoves Tandragee supplies and installs a wide range of wood burning and multi-fuel stoves throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

As a family run company, we pride ourselves in commitment and promise to guarantee you professional advice, choice and service. With having hands on knowledge of our stoves and flue products we can offer you the best solution for your home and value for money installations. Our showroom offers great selection of stoves to suit everyone.

Every installation is different and whether the stove is being installed in a new build or in the renovation of an existing dwelling or as replacement to an existing heat source, it will be unlikely that our experienced people will find it difficult to cope with the challenge.

Our experience guarantees that we can overcome all these problems and ensure that all work is carried out to the highest standard, in line with current buildings regulations and safety standards but more of all the highest expectation of our customers.

And coming from a building background, we can also take on additional or remedial work around your property at the same time as installing your new wood burning or multi fuel stove.

The installation services provided by Hot Stoves Northern Ireland includes the following: 

  • Removal of the old fireplace
  • Creating an opening (a small skip must to be provided)
  • Supply and fit hearth
  • Fitting Flexi liners ( 316 and 904 Docherty fireflexmaster )
  • Integrate plumbing

Like our Facebook page here for regular updates and more information. 

Find the right products to suit your project and view our services on our website.

Spar, Tandragee

It’s Back, and this year it’s bigger & better.

Spar has been counting down to Christmas with 12 weeks of fantastic deals.

Stock up and save for Christmas with a new deal each week. Each deal lasts for 7 days only so check back each week for amazing savings on your groceries.

39-42 Church St , Tandragee , Craigavon.

Check out the 12 deals of Christmas here.

Rumbles Hot Food Bar, Tandragee

Rumbles Hot Food Bar is a fast food outlet based in the heart of the small town of Tandragee. We aim to provide a high-quality range of fast food throughout the day, with a friendly service. Why not call in and find out!

We promise your stomach won’t be making “Rumbles” after a visit to this long established and highly popular eatery, so when your at the Christmas Lights Switch on and Twilight Market, heat yourself up with some fish and chips from Rumbles Hot Food Bar.

Catering for birthdays parties and other events, Rumbles offers fantastic packages to suit all your catering needs. 

Running short on time, or just starving and don’t want to wait ? Why not phone your order in on 028 3884 9696 

Like Rumbles Hot Food Bar on Facebook by clicking here and see all their latest offers and promotions.

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