Starting out on your own….

If you are starting to paint professionally check out this site for basic information:

If you are starting your own craft business, no matter how small check out:

Whether you have decided to make money from your passion, set up a market or fair, sell to the public for the first time or you have not lifted off the ground as you hoped, help is at hand.

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places to sell your art                                          online with 2400 works of art                                    online                    online                                   louth/down area, also online shop

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Leitrim Design House - Training and Support Programme

Creative Connections. A free training and support programme. If you are a maker based in Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford or Cavan,

Get involved!

Register on our website:…/workshops/creative-connecti…/

Creative Connections is a regional developmental programme for the creative sector initiated by the Local Enterprise Offices in Counties Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford and Cavan.

Phase 1 of this programme delivered by the Leitrim Design House will both investigate the challenges and needs of the creative sector in the region and provide sector specific training for the craft, art and design sector.

Creative Connections will help you to assess what your professional development needs are? It will offer training in product development, branding & marketing; look at the online & offline marketplace & will explore collaborative marketing/selling opportunities & possibilities. It is an opportunity to share both challenges and successes and to identify necessary supports to grow both your business and the creative sector itself.

The programme runs from Feb 21st until April 18th and will be facilitated by Eddie Shanahan, a well- known expert in the craft and design sector.

Eddie’s expertise is in business, brand and new product development for fashion, craft & homewares industries.

Training sessions take place on a fortnightly basis.

The programme is free.

Please contact for more details

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Craft Festival - Sunday 14th May 2017 - DunLaoghaire, Co Dublin - places available

14th May Craft Festival applications open. Do not delay as places fill up fast.



Royal Marine Hotel, DunLaoghaire
Sunday 14th May 2017    10am – 5pm


Free Admission for your customers


(free street parking in DunLaoghaire on Sundays)

Book your table now to sell directly to your customers, get 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 May with Full Payment to secure your place at Craft Festival 2017. 

Please do not delay as this event gets booked up quickly


Send 3 images of your product to

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!

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Rushwork information needed….any help ??


Greetings from Finland!

We are having a small project about how to find old and new ways to use common bulrush (Schoenoplectus lacustris).

The project is ran by our village, Mankila, small village near Oulu in Northern Finland with lake that has lots of bulrush and we haven’t been so happy about it. This is why we want to find positive ways of thinking and using it.

Our project is ending at the end of December, so I would appreciate if You have some information for me soon.

I was happy to find some old video about rushwork (collecting, storing, weaving) from YouTube, and in the same video there was the information that in Ireland you’ve used to have rush boats also! This is very interesting, since we have been planning to make our own boat, inspired by Thor Heyerdahl. In this video, there was Irish name for the boat, but sorry to say, I couldn’t really catch it. How would you spell it?  (” Glee Holloga”? / “flood draft”?)

This is surprising, I’ve learned that there are rush boats in Iraq, Etiopia, and also in Sisily, Italy. But I haven’t seen any information about Irish boats.

-Where could I find more information of Irish rushwork, and specially boat making?

Do you know if there is still know-how to make a boat?

In Finland it is becoming quite rare skill (to harvest, store and weave bulrush), and only few people do rushwork products for sale. Still people are very curious about the material.

I’m looking forward hearing from you,

and keeping my fingers crossed. Please forward this message to anyone who knows about the topic.



Johanna Riepula

Project Manager

Kaislaa-esiselvitys /”Bulrush -project” 

Mankilan Kyläseura / Mankila Village Council

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Getting There - Suppliers wanted - Web shop

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Winterwonderland and Christmas market - Loughglynn, Roscommon - Sunday 11th December 2016

Contact: Roz on 086 343 3679  or Jack on  086 375 1898

Tables cost 15euro

In aid of Loughglynn National School

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Paraffin Wax wanted ASAP

Wax wanted asap

Call (087) 648 4740

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The Affordable Gift Fair - Royal Marine Hotel, Dunlaoghaire - Sunday 27th November 2016 - ALL WELCOME!!!

Affordable Gift Fair ….. Sunday the 27th of November in the Royal Marine Hotel… ACOT Events last event of the year!!!


So it is the big day….. you are all invited, we want to make this the biggest event of the year. Gift fair Ireland has been running for 5 years.  We have not only built up a great bunch of high quality business and standholders, but also a very dedicated group of customers who return each time and do a fantastic amount of networking and shopping.

As always this time of year we are doing a collection for Dublins homeless and people in need. We are collecting hats scarves, new socks, toiletries, essentials and small gifts and making gift bags to give out along side “A Lending Hand” group of volunteers who do trojan work every monday Night in at the Central Bank feeding hundreds of people hot meals and sambos and treats.  So In beside our raffle will be our collection point.  To find out more have a look at our Charity Appeal Page, even the tiniest contribution will go a long way.

We have over 55 Stands of High quality fantastic gifts.  From art, to Jewellery, from Candles to ceramics, from Magic to personalised gifts and EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

Just to note there is Free Parking throughout the streets of Dunlaoghaire on Sundays, There are many events on in Dunlaoghaire this time of year so its worth making a day of it.

There is no bank machine in the hotel but there ATMs both at the top and at the bottom of the street the hotel is located on. The Hotel is of course Wheelchair accessible, any assistance required just give us a call 0863547499. The Event itself is buggy friendly also. The whole family is more then welcome to this FREE event

The 7, 45a, 46a, 75, busses amongst others bring you directly to the street outside the Royal Marine Hotel, the Dart station is at the end of the road also.

This event is suitable for vegetarians, vegans,  the gluten intolerant and also the fussy so don’t feel left out

Check our Facebook for any further updates……See you all tomorrow

Affordable gift Fair
Sunday 27th November 2016
10am to 5pm
Royal Marine Hotel, DunLaoghaire
Free entry, all welcome!

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Festive Food, Wild Wreaths & Gifts Fair - Briscoe Organic Farm, Co Offaly - Sunday 11th December 2016

  Calling all Artisan Food Producers & Christmas Crafters

The Organisers of the hugely successful inaugural Festive Food, Wild Wreaths & Gifts Fair held at Mount Briscoe Organic Farm, Daingean, County Offaly are delighted to be hosting this intimate and unique event in the lead up to the Festive season.


Located in the picturesque Court Yard of Mount Briscoe, Daingean, Co. Offaly. This pop-up Festive Market will take place on December 11th from 2pm to 6pm. Cost 25euro


This is an outdoor event, all Exhibitors will need to supply their own tent, tables and anything else they need for their display.


Places are limited and we’re looking for the best in Artisan Foods & Christmas Crafts.
Please contact Margaret on 087 2507827 or email ASAP for more information.

Make your Christmas an Organic One!


Mount Briscoe Organic Farm

Mount Briscoe


County Offaly


087 2507827






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