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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RDS National Crafts Competition 2010

Please note that the entries for the RDS National Crafts Competition 2010 are now officially open! With a prize fund in excess of €28,000 spread over 20 categories, the RDS National Crafts Competition is one of Europe’s leading independently adjudicated craft competitions. Since 2008, the Competition has been organised in association with the Crafts Council of Ireland. With categories such as ceramics, glass, furniture and textiles, the Competition is a unique opportunity for craft workers and designers to have their work appraised by an independent jury of experts and to compete for prestigious awards and prizes.

Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS National Crafts Competition & Student Art Awards Exhibition during the Dublin Horse Show and for a further four days after the Horse Show concludes. For your chance to enter this prestigious competition please see the details below.

Call for Entries – 2010 RDS National Crafts Competition, Enter Online!
Deadline to enter - May 17 by 5.00pm

Monday, March 29, 2010

Large electric pottery kiln for sale.

Front loader by Kilns & Furnaces.
Excellent condition.
18 cu ft interior.
5ft 8'' high exterior.
3 phase.
Digital control box.
Automatic damper.
Furniture included.
Must be seen.
Open to offers.

Phone Marjorie; 086 8246075

Monday, March 22, 2010

South Tipperary Vocational Education Committee (VEC)

South Tipperary – Training for this area will be held at the Craft Granary 26th April 2010, if you have not already done so please contact Teresa to register.
This project is being run for craft workers from South Tipperary initially. If you are a craft worker in Carlow, Wexford, Waterford or Kilkenny and would like to participate in this training in your county then please contact Teresa to register your interest.
As the state provider of education for the County the VEC’s remit is the provision of a comprehensive range of quality education programmes to meet the needs of the community.

These include Second Level Education, Post Leaving Certificate Programmes, Further Education, Second Chance and Adult & Community Education.

As part of the Craft Granary’s ongoing efforts to provide opportunities for craft workers in the South East region we are planning to host a training session given by the South Tipperary VEC. The VEC provide a wide range of courses in various subjects, they draw from their panel of tutors to provide these courses. The aim of this training session will be to present the craft worker with the opportunity of applying to become a tutor on this panel.

This training will provide participating craft workers with an overview of what is expected from VEC tutors and the benefits of being a tutor. Some of the subjects covered will be the principles of adult education, facilitation of workshops, completion of attendance records, etc.

Please send the following information to to register your interest.

Craft discipline:
Do you currently give workshops?

Although it is not necessary to have teaching experience we would like to hear about any teaching experience you have or any other experience you believe relevant.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Two Job Openings at the Craft Granary

We currently have 2 openings on our FAS CE scheme - for 1 retail assistant and 1 craftworker.

details on

Retail Assistant (Craft)

Job Reference: JB537129 Description:
Duties: Sale of craft products from South East of Ireland. Duties also include pricing goods, displaying products attractively, operating till and wrapping goods.Applicants must be registered with FAS and meet specific eligibility criteria for these posts (see CE Eligibility link above). Eligibility will be checked by FAS prior to any referral for CE Schemes. Ineligible applicants will not be able to access these CE positions.

No. of Jobs: 1
Contract type: Temporary / Part Time
Hours per week: 39 per fortnight
Start date: 08/04/2010

Craft Worker ( CE)

Job Reference: JB537130 Description:
Duties: Develop programs to support craftworkers in our region, keep website, blog and facebook up to date, apply for funding. Aptitude and willingness to learn computers is an advantage. Applicants must be registered with FAS and meet specific eligibility criteria for these posts (see CE Eligibility link above). Eligibility will be checked by FAS prior to any referral for CE Schemes. Ineligible applicants will not be able to access these CE positions.

No. of Jobs: 1
Contract type: Temporary / Part Time
Hours per week: 19.5
Start date: 09/04/2010

Contact Helen on 052 7441473 or email CV to E-Mail:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Arty Bits Easter Craft Fair.

You are invited to exhibit at The Carlton Hotel, Dan Spring Road at the Arty Bits Easter Craft Fair. The Fair is on Easter Sunday 4th April, with free children's entertainment, Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, Free Entrance to Fair along with Free Parking and a raffle on the day. .

If you wish to book a stand please email Georgina at as soon as possible to secure your stand with the information detailed below. Stands can be held for 3 working days to ensure postage of fee which is €55 euro. Tables are provided with table cloth, please let Georgina know if you have any needs (wall space, power etc..)

As this fair is part of the Tir na Nog festival it promises to be a wonderful day for crafters as for the public.

Send the following information to Georgina to secure your stand.

Contact Number
Email address
Description of abilities and fairs attended

Please forward cheque or postal order for 55euro to Georgina Maher,
57 Rath Oraigh, Tralee.
Contact no.’s 066 7192474 / 087 6211752

Monday, March 15, 2010

White Castle Fair

White Castle is an exciting new opportunity for artisans and craft workers to sell their quality produce in the unique and historic environment of White Castle, Athy, County Kildare. Opening May 2010

The owner of this impressive venue asked me to visit the Castle and give my opinion on how an artisan & craft fair would work there. The building itself and it’s location lends very well to the idea and with the National & European Ploughing Championships being held in Athy Sep 21st to 23rd this year along with the TriAthy June 5th and 6th and the twentieth Athy Bluegrass Festival 8th to 11th July there will be no shortage of visitors to the town.

If you are interested in taking a space then please contact me to register your interest. The owner has not started to allocate spaces yet but will soon. I think that there will be great interest in this venue.

White Castle is situated only 45 minutes drive from Dublin in the heart of one of Ireland’s most historic towns – Athy, County Kildare. A spectacular medieval style marquee on the Castle grounds will form the heart of the Fair which will open every Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm

Period style entertainment will be supplied by local actors and musicians creating an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

White Castle Fair will be advertised nationally through press and radio to generate awareness of this great family day out.

Facilities include:
Car Parking
Coffee Shop
Electricity Supplied
Toilet Facilities on site
Professionally Run
Themed Events
Child Friendly with Face Painting, Balloon modellers etc.
Ongoing marketing campaign
Impressive web presence
Local and National Advertising
Competitive rates

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Saint Patrick’s Day in Cahir

The parade starts at 12.30 followed by Irish dancing and music on stage in the Square and an area has been set aside for Arts and Crafts displays.

All Art and Craft workers are invited to book a space where they can give demos and display/sell their work.

The space is free, you will have to provide your own shelter, tables, chairs etc and your own Public Liability Insurance. Set up between 11.30 and 12:30

To book your place please call Maria Taylor on 086 1022014 before end of business Monday 15th March.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Attention jewellers!

We are looking to enhance the jewellery we stock at the Craft Granary shop. Whether you already stock our shop or not we would like to hear from you.

Please email Teresa with your details (inc your wholesale catalogue if available) and one of our buyers will be in contact with you shortly to discuss further.

Teresa Heffernan

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Durrow, Co. Laois St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Market

Open Air Market in Durrow Wednesday 17th March from 11.00am to 4.00pm. I have attended a number of Markets in Durrow over the past few years and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. There has always been a great atmosphere and they are always very well supported.

This year the Market will be situated along the walls of the Castle, the famous non-motorised parade will begin at 2.00pm and ends at the location of the Market to be followed by Leprechaun Racing!

The cost is €10 per stand and €20 if your require electricity. You will need to supply your own cover, tables, chairs etc.

There are a very limited number of spaces remaining.

If you are interested please contact Delphine Lawlor at

Craft Networks

There are many benefits of being a member of a Craft Network, hearing about new opportunities, receiving group discounts at events, sharing workloads, having the support of likeminded people etc.

We are looking to help establish a number of local Craft Networks in the South East and are eager to hear from Craft Workers interested in joining.

Each Network will of course have their own goals; however we would like to help all of the Networks to work towards attending Showcase Ireland and/or the Ploughing Championships and hosting their own Craft Fair.

Another advantage of being a member of a Craft Network is that of the possible financial support of the Crafts Council of Ireland through their Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies (GANS) Support Scheme. This support is offered on an annual basis and this year’s closing date is March 31st.

If you are interested in becoming a member of a Craft Network then please contact Teresa as soon as possible.

087 268 2466

Silver Jewellery Making Classes in Clonmel and Prague

Silver Jewellery Making Classes in Clonmel
Starting beginning of March for 2 hours, one night per week for 10 weeks. No experience needed, just ENTHUSIASM.

Silver Jewellery making Classes in Prague
The course will be run over one week, starting in April and will include;

Accommodation (sharing)
Breakfast and main meal

Travel in Prague
Course fee.

For further details please email Rory at

Bealtaine Festival 2010

Bealtaine Festival 2010 Celebrating Creativity in Older Age
1st – 31st May

We are looking for craft workers to give demonstrations during the month of May, where members of the public will be encouraged to get involved in trying the craft themselves. This is a good opportunity for craft workers who want to promote their craft and/or workshops they provide.

The Festival Brochure is going to print next week and we need to get the names and details of the craft workers participating by the end of this week.

Clonmel Library needs 1 craft worker for Wednesday 19th May from 11.45am to 12.45pm

Cashel Library needs 3 craft workers to give 1 demonstration each from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, dates to be confirmed.

Carrick Library needs 1 craft worker, date to be confirmed.

Cahir Library needs 3 craft workers to give demonstrations on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, dates to be confirmed.

All mentioned Libraries have agreed to give us a showcase space for the month of May where craft workers can display their craft; again this is a good opportunity to promote your craft, new products and any workshops you are running.

Please contact Teresa as soon as possible to register your interest in participating.
087 268 2466