Thursday, 16 December 2010


Greetings for the Crafty News Desk...

What a busy time for all our crafters here in Ireland. 
Big Seasons Greetings to all of our followers here at home and right around the world. 

Some exciting news for you all
The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) and Craft Northern Ireland (Craft NI) announced today that they have designated 2011 as Year of Craft. The year marks the 40th anniversary of the Crafts Council of Ireland and will be celebrated through a diverse range of dynamic events and programmes at home and abroad to showcase the very best of craft made on the island of Ireland.

Details of the packed programme were announced in Dublin this morning by Batt O'Keeffe, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. We are also delighted to inform you that President Mary McAleese will be Patron for Year of Craft 2011.

A dedicated website is now live with the most up to date listing of events for Year of Craft 2011.

It might be worth our while doing something as a group to highlight our group and tie it in with the national events!!!!! 
Something for the new team to get their teeth into.

WINTER MARKET at the DOCK, Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim!!! 
Friday evening 5 - 9 pm and Saturday 12 - 5 pm.
Loads of amazing things happening - including:
Music, art works, books, ceramics, coffee, jewellry, vintage clothes, wool, food, on the spot portraits, therapies etc. etc. etc.
Meet some of our etsy crafters: mrsmouse , markreewensleydales
. . worth a visit....
The running list of markets remaining:
17-18 Carrick-on-Shannon
18 ChristChurch Dublin
18-19 Dublin Zoo
19 Castleblayney
19/20 University Concert Hall Limerick

I hope to have a review of the crafty Ireland team etsy year for the News Desk early in January.  If you would like any highlights from your year to be included with links to your shop let me know through my shop here>>> link 


Also, if you have any new events or opportunities coming up in 2011 that you would like to share with the gang, please let me know.

If I get any more interesting news for you all next week I will be back with an update.  If not, then that's about it for this year - until the review is ready.
So, hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.  Thanks to all for sending in your news items during the year.



  1. Great news re a whole year dedicated to craft!! And food for thought for the team re how we can get involved.....

  2. Oh this is super news and it's not just the north or the south but both in happy harmony :) We HAVE to do something together! :)

  3. Wonderful news about 2011 - we must all find ways to be very visible !!
    A huge thank you for all the support I got opening my etsy shops -awishforyou + queenofcuffs.(and for answering all my silly questions)
    The blog has been a lifeline of help and information for me and I would have been lost without it.
    Thank you to everyone involved for all the hard work.

  4. Oooh, that's great news! Yes, let's do something together guys (and remember to volunteer for the new team...hint...hint)

    Thanks Mo!

  5. Happy Christmas Mo & everyone else. Lack of internet access at the moment is keeping me away from here but i hope to be back soon.

  6. Sounds awesome!

    The CraftinIreland people had a representative at Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

    - The fair was great, after snow stopped play on Friday, Saturday was full of great traders and punters and a steady trickle all afternoon. Almost broke even on both tables (yesterday's and the one that was snowed off the other week) - so nice not to be totally in the red. Even made a couple Euro for Dogs for the Disabled Ireland.

    SweetOlive Misprint's Natalia and Co. to be congratulated on such a fabulous event!

    So, for a kick-off, how about a multi-media scarf/shawl/wrap for our patron? Those of us working paper or fabric or ink crafts could work a portion each, then our excellent jewellers could come up with some matching accessories, then one of our woodcarvers could make a nice box for it all to go into?

    Alternately, how about a hamper/chest/variation with the entire membership contributing a small something to go in it?