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Have you ever tried “krumpeľ” from Kremnica? An original confectionary production where visitors can see preparation of traditional local sweets has opened in Kremnica.
The Kremnica “krumpeľ”, ladyfingers filled with cream and wrapped in nut dough, recalls a potato with its colour and shape. In the Kremnica dialect, a potato is called “krumpeľ” and that is also the name of the sweets whose production can be seen in Kremnica.
The manufacturing plant furnished like in the past will transport visitors back in time and show them the era when the confectioner Alois Atkáry lived and worked in Kremnica.
Atkáry’s family came to Kremnica on May 1, 1900. It was an old confectionery family, originating in Vršac in Serbia and starting the confectionary there.
“With the help of friends, we found documents, applications from time around 1911, when Atkáry bought in a house Kremnica and made a confectionary out of it,” said businessman and man behind the idea, Martin Varhaňovský, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
He is behind the idea of once again offering sweets to locals from Kremnica as well as tourists, showing them how it was made.
There is a small manufactory plant inspired by old times when the family worked in town. The place is furnished in the art deco style, with the sound of music from the 20th century. Visitors can see how confectioners in period clothing create the krumpeľ.
Every sweet is decorated with the letter A, according to the name of its creators.
When Gráinne Healy first got together with her partner of 35 years, homosexuality was still a crime in Ireland. When the Principal at the school where she was teaching, found out about her relationship with another woman following an anonymous letter, she was forced to quit her job and change her career completely.
Three decades later, she led a successful campaign for the introduction of marriage equality for same-sex couples leading to the landmark referendum in Ireland that changed the country’s constitution and allowed same sex marriage equality.
“The only way to get our relationships recognised was to get this into the Irish Constitution,” Healy told The Slovak Spectator. “This was about us being excluded from something which conferred a lot of rights and status.”
Healy, who has been at the helm of the Irish organisation Marriage Equality for the past 15 years, visited Slovakia last month for a screening of a film at the One World film festival about the Yes Equality campaign run ahead of the referendum in May 2015.
In the referendum, Irish people were asked whether they were in favour of amending the constitution “to permit marriage to be contracted by two persons without distinction as to their sex”. Sixty-two percent of voters said ‘yes’ and same-sex marriage became legal just a few months later.
It was the first time that a state legalised same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Healy spoke about her campaign and answered the question: how you get the whole of Ireland to vote for the rights of a small group of people?
Personal stories and picking champions were a major part of the answer, she says.
It all started with some exhaustive research into the values the Irish held close to their hearts. When her organisation found that Irish people liked to think of themselves as generous and kind, they knew they needed to hook into these positive characteristics.