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St David's Christmas Craft Fair

St-Davids Christmas Craft Fair Poster

A double opportunity

Firstly, for designers and makers of Irish Craft products to display and sell their wares, and secondly for people to buy great craft products which make great Christmas gifts. The St David's Christmas Fair takes place in Greystones, Co. Wicklow on 25th and 26th November 2017.

Interested in being a stall holder? Enquiries to stdavidscraftfair@gmail.com

Irish Handcrafted Willow Rattle Gifted to Princess Charlotte on her 1st Birthday

Princess Charlotte 1 year old

Gifts from around the world have been arriving for Princess Charlotte whose first birthday was on 2nd May. Among these were a silver rattle from President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, a white gold rattle with diamonds, rubies and sapphires from The Natural Sapphire Company and other precious and expensive presents. One wonders whether the little Princess will have any interest in some of items, which will probably have to be kept locked away for safe keeping.

Willow woven rattle by Ciaran Hogan

More likely to be a hit with Charlotte is the simple willow handmade rattle made by Irish craftsman Ciaran Hogan. This is something that can be given to Charlotte to play with and to enjoy. It contains seven stones, representing the seven deadly sins. By shaking the rattle, she will banish the sins, or so the story goes.

Ciaran Hogan Basket-weaver

The rattle was originally presented to Prince Charles by the maker Ciaran Hogan on his visit to Galway in May 2015, and now, he, in turn, has presented it to his granddaughter on the occasion of her first birthday. Hogan, on hearing of the birth of Prince Charles' granddaughter, thought it would make a great gift and a souvenir of his visit to Galway. Hogan says that the rattle has a simple design, and he made it in about fifteen minutes.

Showcase 2016

Showcase - Ireland's Creative Expo

The Showcase Expo 2016 Expo takes place in the RDS in Dublin from the 24th to 27th January 2016. With over 450 exhibitors and featuring the best of Irish creativity, it provides an opportunity for Irish designers to present their creations to a trade audience of Irish and international craft and design buyers. Categories include: Jewellery, Fashion/textiles, Pictures/prints, Homewares, Giftware, Perfumes & cosmetics, Candles, Ceramics/pottery food, and music/instruments. This is a trade-only exhibition, not a consumer show.

Additionally, a seminar section within the Shelbourne Hall area of the exhibition will feature numerous seminars per day on topics such as marketing, social media, website design and growing online sales.

For more information visit the Showcase website.

Christmas Craft Fair at Teeling Whiskey

Christmas Craft Fair at Teeling Whiskey notice

See the traditional craft of whiskey cask making. Meet the producers of fine food and craft products, and get your Christmas gift shopping done early and without the hassle.

You will find lots of fine food gifts, many with a Teeling Whiskey flavour, for example: smoked meats, puddings, rashers, salmon, jams, marmalades, honey, crisps, premium cheeses and ice cream.

If you can't make it to the fair, you can still find lots of top quality craft gift ideas handmade by Irish designers & craftpeople right here on Irish Craft Online.

When: Saturday, 5th December 2015 from 11:00 to 17:00

Where: Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Admission: Free

More information: Christmas Craft Fair at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

National Crafts & Design Fair 2015

National Crafts & Design Fair 2015

This fair brings together over 500 designers, craftsmen & women and artists from around the country, enabling them to display their work, sell their work, and to meet with members of the public who want to find out more about their work and the process involved in creating it.

Taking place just a few weeks before Christmas, it is a great opportunity for people to view lots of gift ideas and to leave with their Christmas shopping all sorted! If you can't make it to the fair, you can still find lots of top quality craft gift ideas handmade by Irish designers & craftpeople right here on Irish Craft Online.

When: 2nd to 6th December 2015

Opening hours
Wed-Fri:10:00 to 22:00
Sat-Sun:10:00 to 19:00

Where: RDS Main Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Admission: €10.00

More information at the National Crafts & Design Fair website.

Cork City Hall Crafts & Design Fair 2015

Cork City Hall Crafts & Design Fair 2015

Almost as easy as shopping on irishcraftonline.com shoppers can find beautiful craft gifts, including one-off items, at the Cork Craft & Design Fair. In addition to craft there are also food & drink stands, designer handcrafted clothing and accessories. It promises something for everyone!

When: 26th to 29th November 2015

Opening hours
Thu-Fri:11:00 to 21:00
Sat:10:00 to 18:00
Sun:11:00 to 18:00

Where: Cork City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork.

Craft Festival Dun Laoghaire

Craft Festival Dun Laoghaire

With over 60 stalls, this craft festival offer lots of crafty products which can be bought as gifts in time for Christmas. All products are handmade, so come along and meet the makers and discover what's behind the finished wonders.

When: Sunday, 15th November 2015 from 10:00 to 17:00

Where: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

Admission: FREE.

More information at Irish Craft Festival.

Dun Laoghaire Winter Fair 2015

Dun Laoghaire Winter Fair

The Winter Fair 2015 takes place in the County Hall, Marine Road Dun Laoghaire on 21st and 22nd November. Drop in to see and purchase the work of local designers, makers of craft products and artisan food producers.

Showcase 2015

Showcase - Ireland's Creative Expo

The Showcase Expo 2015 Expo takes place in the RDS in Dublin from the 18th to 21st January 2015. With over 450 exhibitors and featuring the best of Irish creativity, it provides an opportunity for Irish designers to present their creations to a trade audience of Irish and international craft and design buyers. Categories include: Jewellery, Fashion/textiles, Pictures/prints, Homewares, Giftware, Perfumes & cosmetics, Candles, Ceramics/pottery and food.

Additionally, a seminar section within the Shelbourne Hall area of the exhibition will feature numerous seminars per day on topics such as merchandising, adding value, lighting, marketing, e-commerce and leveraging social media.

For more information visit the Showcase website.

Showcase 2014

Showcase - Ireland's Creative Expo

The Showcase Ireland 2014 Expo takes place in the RDS in Dublin from the 19th to 22nd January 2014. Over 435 designers will be exhibiting their designs, creations and latest collections. Categories include: Jewellery, Fashion/textiles, Pictures/prints, Homewares, Giftware, Perfumes & cosmetics, Candles, Ceramics/pottery. This is a trade-only event. For more information visit the Showcase website.

National Crafts and Design Fair 2013

National Crafts and Design Fair

The National Crafts and Design Fair 2013 takes place in the Main Hall RDS in Dublin from the 4th to the 8th of December. Featuring over 500 designers, artists and craftsmen and women, these few days will be a great showcase of Irish Craft and Design. For the visiting public, it is an opportunity to see a huge range of top quality craft products, to do some Christmas shopping, and to meet the actual designers and makers. Admission is €10, concessions €8. For more information visit the National Crafts Fair website.

Photography: Presenting your Product to its Best Potential

The Craft Council of Ireland together with the City and County Enterprise Boards of Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin are organising a one day workshop aimed at small craft and design businesses. The aim is to give the participants the photography skills they need to showcase their products. The training takes place in the Nutgrove Enterprise Park in Rathfarnham on Wednesday, 4th September 2013. For more see http://www.dlrceb.ie/Photography_Presenting_your_Product_to_its_Best_Potential__Wednesday_4th_Sept/Default.4036.html

Cork Craft Month

Cork Craft Month, promoting Cork's craft makers and designers runs until 8th September. There are exhibitions, workshops and open-studio sessions. For more see http://www.corkcraftanddesign.com/ and a feature article in the Irish Examiner: Crafting an appreciation of design

Anniversaries, Birthdays, Christmas, Weddings

Keep Irish Craft Online In Mind when Buying Gifts

Remember that Irish Craft is not only a great purchase if you are holidaying in Ireland, but also makes great gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas and for weddings. With irishcraftonline.com you can browse through our special selection of the best of Irish Craft and design available for purchase online. Order in good time and enjoy hassle-free shopping without having to worry about car parking, queuing, and carrying things around town.

The Gathering

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a tourism-led initiative in Ireland. It aims to mobilise the Irish diaspora to return to Ireland during 2013 to be part of specially organised local gatherings and events during the year. It is a government supported initiative driven primarily by Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, and Tourism Ireland. The concept relies on grassroots initiatives of private individuals, and non-governmental organisations. The Gathering is not a single event but provides an umbrella framework for varied activities throughout 2013, from family reunions and clan gatherings to sports fixtures. While the initiative is primarily directed at the Irish diaspora, and those with other links to the country, the organisers hope the experience for the general tourist will also be enhanced.

Src: Wikipedia.

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