NOTICEBOARD - issue 12

NOTICEBOARD - issue 12

Welcome to issue 12.

This issue will introduce you to the Irish Craft Association.

Also details of Christmas fairs and markets.
Just to let you know the Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland have listened to my speech and are having their AGM tomorrow night. They will be bringing forward the idea of having a section for small jewellery businesses….more about this in an exclusive Noticeboard during this week (wed or Thurs)!


The Irish Craft Association is to support, assist, and help artists and craft people move forward in their business.

It is set up for everyone from students to ‘been around for a while’ creative people. It is also interested in having craft/art suppliers and services as members.

FEEDBACK meetings are run by the Irish Craft Association, a casual meeting of like minded people, helped along with refreshments. It is definitely not a lecture or formal affair.
It really works on the individual and their needs.

FEEDBACK meetings can be: meeting others to discuss what is going on for them, to getting pointed in the right direction for a good course or connecting with the mentoring section of their local enterprise board.

When people come together there is always a vast amount of experience that everyone can benefit from.

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This association is set up with the intention of looking after every aspect of the craft industry on a personal level.

Not only is there membership for crafts people and artists, but suppliers and services for crafts and arts are also invited to join.

There will be many data bases compiled out of this.

• A section will be dedicated to fairs, markets, and outlets for crafts.

• A section will be dedicated to suppliers, so they can be available directly to their customers, and the craft person has a list in front of them to access good suppliers that will look after all their needs.

(With your membership card you can get a reduction from the suppliers that display the Irish Craft Association discount sign)

• Services will also be covered, with things like book-keeping, taxes, web building, blogging, setting up on-line shops. Insurance. Mentoring and personal meetings to support and assist you.

• Direct links to the association, guild or society that caters for your craft.

At the FEEDBACK meetings there will always be application forms for the Craft Council of Ireland and help if needed to fill out the form.

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The Irish Craft Association website will be built with the intention of being a one-stop-shop for all craft person and artist needs.

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The launch of the Irish Craft Association will be at the Christmas Party for NOTICEBOARD (in January when the madness dies down! Dates to be confirmed, looking at January 18th upstairs in 4 Dame Lane, Dublin City Centre.)

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To open with a bargain is always appealing and will help the ball rolling, so there is an early bird membership fee.

If you join before the official opening in January then the fee is only 50Euro. You will receive your membership card that will allow you to use the discounts in the listed suppliers.

Insurance through group discount is available to you and the feedback meetings will cost you the price of a cup of coffee and biscuit(s).

NOTICEBOARD has to become a business that pays for itself, and so as a supply or service member, from the opening date you will get 4 Noticeboard adverts a year. Non-members will have to pay 20Euro per ad.

Space on the website is also included; you get your own page, pictures of your product, every detail about you and how to contact you.

The directories of fairs, suppliers and services will be readily available and constantly updated.

After the launch membership goes up to 70Euro to join.

Events will come up that you can avail of like a questions and answers session with an accountant, so you ask exactly what is relevant to you about tax, sole trading etc.


The Irish Craft Association aims to provide a personal service. In order to do this, we need some information about where your business is right now and where you want it to go.  This is put on the application form so I can start providing you with a good service from the beginning.

The meetings are called FEEDBACK, because unless it is meeting all your requirements, then it is not functioning properly. At the meetings you are directing the next topic to be covered, your feedback is vital.
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Application forms will be posted to those interested in availing the early bird membership. Please email you name and address to

Application forms can also be collected at any Feedback meeting.

Completed forms need to be posted back with the completed identification card, and cheque or postal order for 50 Euro.

Further payment arrangements are being organized.



Christmas Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair
Sat, December 1st
11.00pm - 5.00pm
At: St.David’s Secondary School, Greystones, Co Wicklow (on the seafront)

Places still available contact: Sheena Brennan 087 257 5053 / Veronica Sheehy 086 350 4997

Temple Bar Christmas Market

over two weekends in December 8th, 9th,
15th and 16th

Contact:Tara Doyle at or

contact us for further information on 01 677 2255


For the full list of 15 Christmas Fairs check out the link below:

Christmas Fairs in Ireland



Paintings, Sculpture, photography, prints

Friday 16th – Sun 18th November
Main Hall , RDS, Dublin 4


If you would like tickets to this event visit…

Ed Parkinson has kindly used his blog to distribute tickets to those interested, his stand is R1 if you would like to thank him for this kind gesture!


Blackrock, Co Dublin

Fabrics for every occasion
In house designer
Mail Order
Dress Making and Tailoring
Dance Costumes

We also offer Curtain, blind, loose cover,
door awning, make up service.
Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 9am to 6pm
Lunch: 2pm to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm all day opening.

Tel: 01 2789757
Fax: 01 2108503
Maeve Paterson the owner of Studio 54 has kindly added her name to the list that will be offering 10% discount to all fabrics for Irish Craft Association members!


Gifted - The perfect online wedding list

Gifted is a fresh approach to the traditional
Wedding list. We are looking for artists
And creators from all over Ireland, who
Can expand our range of products. Gifted
Are committed to plat forming as many
Home-grown creations as possible.
So if you think your product or range are
Suitable as wedding gifts, please contact

Cate Sheeran 0044(0)2890 839193
Mobile 0044(0)7870 389040

We really want to source as many of our gifts from
the island of Ireland, as we can. In fact one of our key
commitments here at gifted, is to work towards at least
66% of our total product base being sourced from
Ireland alone.



Mairead deBlaca
15th November 07
Water and Abstraction Exhibition
Mount Pleasant Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin 6.


Sheena Ludlow
15th-19th Nov 10am – 5pm
Paintings and Digital Prints
Glen of the Down Golfclub, Delgany



This weekend I went to the knitting and stitching show in the RDS. (dragging Paul O Mahoney with me..!!)

I made it my business to visit every stall in the show and get your business cards. Understanding that until Christmas is over you will not have the time to reply to this email, I will send you NOTICEBOARD and look forward to your response.



Course 2 was on last Sunday

This course we worked on what reputation our business should have, how people will deal with you because they like, know and trust you…(very relevant if you are a one man band).
What experience every customer should have when they deal with you. Marketing strategies made simple. How to make a website work properly, on googles terms, i.e. The right way!

Yet again it was just what I needed, since I am about to build a website myself, and am building a business. The next course we will be writing juicy advertising to entice our ideal customer.
The third course is on December 2nd if interested email me on


So that is all I will be including in issue 12!

Will see some of you at Business Blogging run by Wicklow Enterprise Board with Damien Mulley – a well-known Blogger.
Also the Winter Fair in Dalkey is on the 16th to 18th of November so no doubt I will need to check out local talent and make sure they are on the list.

Enterprising Women’s Day is on the 21st November in Mullingar, to book a place is only 50Euro
Contact Clara Clark at 01 2898533
Website: or

Just to recap the first year with Irish Craft Association the aim is to have:

Website up and running – crafts, artists, suppliers and services
Set up directory of Fairs
Set up directory of Stall holders
Run 3 competitions (more details to follow)
Have Feedback meetings in many locations.

As always your opinion is welcome, just email me on
Or use any other email address you have for me, there are many!

If you do not wish to receive NOTICEBOARD please reply with ‘no thanks’

Thanks for reading!


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#1 Karen on 11.08.07 at 11:33 pm

It would be great to hear of any other Christmas fairs, even if they are full. It means next year I can have a full list of Christmas Fairs available to all. If you want to let me know how they went it would be great! Karen

#2 Siopa Eile - Expose Yourself on 12.09.07 at 8:50 pm

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#3 Frances on 07.12.08 at 11:08 pm

Alpaca fleece. . . have quantity of fleece to give to any felters out there with an interest in using alpaca for your craft. Also some excellent quality fleeces waiting to be spun

#4 Ger Goggin on 07.14.09 at 1:35 pm

Presently I am looking for timetable for Christmas Craft Fair Co. Cork Ireland 2009

#5 Marian on 10.22.09 at 5:06 pm

Hi Everyone,
Re Rathoe Christmas Giftfair, Co. Carlow Sunday 29th. November - a huge sincere thanks to everyone who contacted us for spaces since September. We are fully booked out for Sunday 29th. November. It is a one day event and this is our 3rd year running it. This year the emphasis is on “cheap and cheerful” and good value. If you are in the area on Sunday 29th. do drop out to us ( ten mins outside of Carlow Town) where a great friendly christmassy atmosphere awaits you. Have a cuppa and browse around our tables. We will have them packed with a great variety……..and bring the kiddies along to pick up their REINDEER FOOD. Thanks again. Marian

#6 Grace Clancy on 02.10.10 at 3:40 pm

Hi there crafties,

I am planning on attending the Over 50’s show in The Radisson, galway on March 13 for 2 days. The cost of the show is 1,000 for 2 days which is pricey.
Im looking for somebody to share with me for half the cost.
My business is :
If you think you product would complement mine & your interested, plse call me on 086 8354484.

Many Thanks

#7 Vinod on 06.29.11 at 10:07 pm

Presently I am looking for timetable for Christmas Craft Fair Ireland 2011.Thanks for all help.

#8 Brenda Bergin on 09.18.11 at 11:53 am

Handpainted Confetti Eggs..orders been taken now….ALSO…Millinery supoplies…New Supplies have just arrived…ty…Brenda..Waterford..

#9 june on 06.17.12 at 12:19 pm

Hi - I’m always looking for craft fairs to sell my plaques and Celtic mandalas at. Not just the Christmas fairs, but all year round. I’m in the northwest, in Sligo - if there are any fairs, heritage festivals/heritage days, agricultural shows in the Sligo/Mayo/Leitrim/Roscommon/Donegal region, I’d like to be a part of any or all of them. I’m also interested in doing more fairs in other parts of the country.

Please check out my website and blog at


#10 Christmas Craft Fayre & Toy Show on 10.17.12 at 5:30 pm

Sunday 11th November 2012
Christmas Craft Fayre & Toy show
1 - 5pm
Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
Call 00353-857032764
funds raised for Crumlin Children’s Hospital

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