Community stunned at passing of Esther

The community of Arklow and beyond have been left stunned at the sudden passing of Esther Burke.

Esther was the powerhouse behind the Arklow Makers Craft Fair and Farmers market which was held in the Bridgewater centre in Arklow.

She had a passion for homemade arts and crafts, and had recently started the farmers market on a Thursday following the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Bridgewater Centre in Arklow posted the following tribute.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Esther Burke, who had organised the Craft Fair at the centre for the past few years and more recently, the Farmers Market. Esther was a vital part of our Community and had a very special gift of bringing people together. She had a real passion for arts and crafts and promoting local talent, and she will be sadly missed by us all. Sincere condolences to her loving husband Kevin, family, and friends. RIP Esther.”

Funeral arrangements

Reposing at JJ Kearney’s funeral home, Selskar Street, Wexford Town on Sunday 13th from 2pm until 7pm. Removal from the funeral home on Monday morning at 11.30am to The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street, for funeral Mass at 12 noon, followed by burial in St Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown. You are welcome to view Esther’s requiem Mass on

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