Moran Park House, DunLaoghaire, Co Dublin - Retail space

Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council is seeking expressions of interest from experienced retail operators for the development of an Art, Craft & Design Retail Space in the newly refurbished Moran Park House, DunLaoghaire Design Gallery beside the LexIcon Library.

If you are interested in viewing the property, getting an expression of interest application form, or receiving more information on this retail opportunity, please contact Anne Foley


Phone: 01 2047024




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Embrace the Year of Irish Design at Cork Craft Month this August 2015

Embrace the Year of Irish Design at Cork Craft Month 

~ Get an exclusive look inside craft-makers studios, visit craft workshops, curated gallery events and much more during Cork Craft Month this August~

Celebrate the Year of Irish Design and head to Cork this August for Cork Craft Month, in association with Cork Craft and Design, from August 4th to September 5th 2015.

Now in its sixth year, Cork Craft Month has become a haven for celebrating creativity, and is one of the key events taking place in Ireland for the Irish Year of Irish Design.

The month long series will feature exhibitions, curated gallery events, workshops, demos, and pop-up shops.  You will also have the opportunity to get an exclusive look inside craft-makers studios at open events, or take in the quality and variety of Cork’s vibrant craft and design scene on a ‘Made in Cork Trail’ throughout the city and county. A diverse range of craft and design will be available to view and purchase, from ethically sourced furniture to textiles, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, glass and wood. 

Tony Farrell, Chairman of Cork Craft and Design is looking forward to the group’s flagship month, saying “Cork Craft Month makes craft accessible to all, and we expect the Year of Irish Design will further increase the general appreciation for the skill and artistry that goes into making these unique locally made products.  Over 50,000 visitors will come to Cork over the month, and this flagship event series will significantly boosts sales for local producers.”

Some of the highlights of this year’s Cork Craft Month include:

·         The TIME Exhibition in Kinsale is the Annual Showcase Exhibition for Cork Craft and Design and is a highlight of the creative calendar, promoting both established and emerging makers. Curated by Fergal O’ Leary, the exhibition focuses on the time it takes each artist to learn and realize their work and will take place in the James O’ Neill Building (Formerly the Old Mill), Kinsale, Co. Cork from 5 to 14 August

·         The Home Event will take place in the James O’ Neill Building in Kinsale from 19 August to 5 September. This extra special craft event is a haven for handmade items for the home including furniture, textiles, ceramics, wood turning and framed pieces to suit all budgets and tastes. This is an ideal opportunity to pick up locally made items to enhance your home or as a special gift for someone else.

·         ADORN, meaning to make more beautiful or attractive, is the title of an exciting exhibition of jewellery, millinery, scarves, bags and belts from Cork’s best designer makers. Taking place in The Courtyard Gallery (Above Sage Restaurant), Main St. Midleton, Co. Cork, this is not to be missed by the fashion conscious.

·         Cork Craft and Design, Shop and Exhibition Space is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. Located in Douglas Village Shopping Centre (adjacent to M&S) this ongoing exhibition of Cork Craft and Design members work is located in a bright contemporary space providing an opportunity to meet and talk to the makers about their products and inspirations.

·         Several more fascinating exhibitions will take place in both Cork City and locations in East and West Cork throughout the month, see event programme for full details.

·         The hugely popular ‘Made in Cork Trails’ will give members of the public the opportunity to get a panoramic view of the best in Cork Craft at art galleries, shops and studios all across the county. 


·         Meanwhile The Open Studio 2015 Trail of artists’ studios, across Cork City and County is a great way of exploring Cork’s diverse natural beauty while taking in its talented artists and artisans in their own creative space. Trail members include Bookbinding, Potters, Silversmiths, Sculptors, Furniture makers, Boat building, Glass and Textile Artists and many, many more. Refer to the event programme for full details of Open Studio descriptions, dates and locations and whether you can pop along off the cuff or by appointment.

·         Finally there will also be a comprehensive selection of workshops and demonstrations where you can meet the makers and create your own craft piece at a selection of free events and fee paying courses:

Workshops include:

·         A 3 Day Introduction to Woodcarving with Ben Russell, Kealkil, Bantry, West Cork 24 to 26 July (320).

·         Porcelain Workshop at the studio of Sara Roberts, near Kinsale, Co. Cork 22 August 10am-4pm including home cooked lunch (150).

·         Weekend Introduction to Ceramics Workshop with Adrian Wistreich 21 to 24 August at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale. This 2 day course introduces basic techniques such as how to coil, slab and throw pots and how to sculpt in clay. (295, includes materials and firings).

·         The Summer Art & Crafts Workshop for Kids aged 5-12 runs at Ballinacurra House on 10, 11, 13, 14 August between 10am-4pm. The camp is both fun and educational, and features everything from pottery to tie dye, to theatre building, paper marbling. (35 for One Day or 120 for 4 days).

For booking details on all of the above workshops, see the event calendar on

It is hoped that with 2015 being the year of Irish Year of Design, an extra spotlight will shine on the vibrant craft community in Cork, which is going from strength to strength, with support from Cork Craft and Design. With over 120 dedicated and passionate professional craft-makers taking part, there really is something for everyone.

For full schedule of events throughout Cork Craft Month see or follow @corkcraftdesign on twitter.

Cork Craft Month 2015 is organised by Cork Craft and Design (representing over 120 craftspeople in Cork County) with thanks to the Local Enterprise Office, Cork County Arts Office, Fáilte Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for their funding and support.

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Cork Craft and design - CCD - about

About Cork Craft & Design:

Cork Craft Month is organised by Cork Craft & Design (CCD) a voluntary organization of Cork crafts persons. As an umbrella group for professional craft makers in Cork, their goal is to make Cork City and County a recognised centre of excellence for making, seeing, collecting, buying and learning about contemporary craft.

The Cork craft industry sector includes ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, furniture and many more. Cork craft businesses are mainly small in scale and geographically widespread. The industry is a significant employer, providing viable, sustainable enterprises around the county, including in rural communities deemed unsuitable by other manufacturing sectors.

For more information, to receive details of specific events or to set up interviews with craft professionals involved in Cork Craft Month contact:

Niamh Murphy

Clair Collins

Hopkins Communications

021 4272200


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Workshop space required - Dublin area

A woodwind instruments restorer is looking for a new workshop space, preferably on the South side of Dublin city, doesn’t have to be too central.
Ideally looking for a space about 12′ x 10′ with a window.




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Summer Craft Party- Saturday 27 June 2015 -IFSC, Dublin 1

Summer Craft Party

Saturday, 27 June, 2015

The chq Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1

11am - 2pm


Craft, create, and learn something new! Join Guidecentral and The chq Building for an afternoon of summer crafting & DIY fun.

Meet local crafters and discover some amazing summer-inspired projects like floral accessories, pompom home decor, kids crafts, and entertaining and hosting.

Crafting stations, demonstrations, raffles, prizes, face painting, & much, much more!

Spaces are limited! Book your place now through

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The Craft Festival - Sunday 15th November 2015 - Spaces available

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Royal Marine Hotel, DunLaoghaire

Sunday 15th November 2015    10am – 5pm

Free Admission for your customers

(free street parking in DunLaoghaire on Sundays)

Book your table now to sell directly to your customers, book in  some commissions and expose your new designs!

If we have availability for your products, you receive your Application form, it  must be completed and returned by Tuesday 2nd November with Full Payment to secure your place at Craft Festival 2015.  Please do not delay as this event gets booked up quickly, an email declining your place can be very disappointing.

Send 3 images of your product to
this is to assess your product and then will be used for your web page.

We do not have direct competition within our events, all stands vetted for variety and quality.

Each stand holder has their own webpage to advertise their products before, during and after the event.

Stand Sizes Available :

        6ft Table @ 65Euro

        8ft Table @ 75Euro

        14ft Table @ 140Euro

        16ft Table @ 150 Euro

        22ft Table @ 180Euro

         14ft x 9ft Shop Space  150Euro

         8ft x 10ft Shop Space 150Euro

         16ft x 14ft Approx Shop Space 220 Euro

Shop spaces are limited; all stands will be positioned to complement each other by organisers.

Workshop space available.
Demonstration space available, and/or advertise your shop/classes and book in new clients/students!

 ACOT Events…….  events this year are:

Sunday 15th November - Craft Festival and national Tea Cosy competition
(email 3 images to

Sunday 29th November - Affordable Gift Fair
(email 3 images to

VENUE:     Royal Marine Hotel, DunLaoghaire, Co Dublin
TIMES:      10am to 5pm

Set up from 8am, tables, white tablecloth and chairs provided. Indoors only.

and always free in for customers    ;D


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Guidecentral, Summer Craft party - IFSC Dublin 1 - Saturday 27th June 2015

Guidecentral, a platform for instructional how-to projects and DIY craft which gathers thousands of makers from all around the world. We are organizing an event for family and kids, the Guidecentral Summer Craft Party, which will take place at The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Saturday 27th June 2015

Here you can find all the information you need:


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GRAPE - Greystones art & photography exhibition - weekly spaces

Greystones art & photography exhibition (GRAPE) starts of once again for the Summer of 2015 on Sunday next at 12 noon until 5:30pm.

we now include crafts and have a wonderful green space for plenty of gazebos.

This is our fourth year and it promises to be the best yet.

the fee for exhibitors is €20 payable on the day and all proceeds go to Greystones Tidy Towns.

Anyone looking to participate can contact me directly on 0872584144, or can book a space by clicking this link.

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The School of Jewellery - Courses

The School of Jewellery
The Garden Studio
87, North Circular Road
Dublin 7 Ireland

t: 01 838 0693 
087 7948025

Daytime, Evening, Weekend and Summer Week Schools
Learn to create contemporary jewellery from your own designs. We offer Inspirational tutoring in:

  • Jewellery and Goldsmith Skills
  • Silversmith Skills
  • Precious Stone Setting
  • Enamelling

Full-time Jewellery and  Goldsmith Course. Now taking applications for September 2015
This is an intensive one year full-time certificate in jewellery.
Designed to offer graduates all of the practical jewellery, goldsmith and metalcraft skills needed to develop a full-time career in the jewellery trade.

Weekend and Summer Week Schools in Enamel Skills.
On these Weekend / Summer Week Courses you will be introduced to the techniques of enameling.

  • Introduction to Enamel Skills
  • Cloisonné Enamel
  • Champlevé Enamel
  • Enameling with Traditional Jewellery and Goldsmith Skills

More information and booking available online
Week courses €525 incl. materials and lunch each day. Weekend courses €250 incl. materials and lunch each day.
Part-time courses from €280 for 8 week term.

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Ekotree - Knitwear company in Ireland

Ekotree- a small dynamic award winning designer-maker knitwear company in Ireland.

We produce high quality knitwear for a range of markets including menswear, womenswear, home and gift market. We use the highest quality natural yarns available on the market today including alpaca, lambs wool merino, cashmere, linen and organic cotton.

We draw inspiration from landscape textures & patterns and the rich heritage of Irish knitwear tradition & stitch structures. Our work is a subtle interpretation of traditional knit using quality natural yarns & modern styling.

Our signature is softness and drape and we research & design many yarns and stitch structures before we settle upon any finished piece.  

We make & finish everything from our studio in Killaloe, Ireland.

We believe in making clothing manufacture better and continually strive for more sustainable business practices.

If you want more information about Ekotree you can visit our Website:

Or take a look at our brochure:

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