Unique Leitrim designs for Jack and Jill charity

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A Carrick-on-Shannon jewellery designer and an artist from Tullaghan have both used their creative talents to help raise money for the children’s charity Jack and Jill Foundation.

A Carrick-on-Shannon jewellery designer and an artist from Tullaghan have both used their creative talents to help raise money for the children’s charity Jack and Jill Foundation.

Acclaimed designer Clairin Molloy who owns ‘Jewel’ shop in Carrick-on-Shannon has designed and donated 100 unique bracelets created using Swarovski pearl and crystal bracelets to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

There are six different designs and the beautiful bracelets make a perfect gift for girls celebrating their Communion or Confirmation. All monies raised will go towards helping families of sick children.

Clairin was inspired to raise money for the organisation after watching a recent television interview with CEO of the Jack and Jill foundation Johnathon Irwin. He spoke about how the charity was struggling financially and Clairin was moved to help.

She spoke with him over the phone and needless to say Johnathon was thrilled with her initiative. The bracelets are designed with communion children in mind, and are likely to be snapped up, providing much needed funds for the organisation.

Designer Clairin owns and runs ‘Jewel’ shop on Main Street Carrick-on-Shannon. The store specializes in bridal accessories and Clairin has personally designed jewellery for many well-known personalities and is regularly featured in the media.

She also supplies bags, silver and costume jewellery. The bracelets will be available to purchase in the coming weeks on the Jack and Jill website and will raise vital funds for the organisation.

Tullaghan based artist, Gavin McCrea was also inspired to help the worthy foundation. He designed an art piece “Eternal Wave” to be sold in an online auction for the Jack & Jill Foundation, it is one of 100 Big Eggs on display this week in Dublin’s IFSC.

McCrea’s Egg Art design entitled ‘Eternal Wave’ is one of 100 works of art on display at the CHQ building, IFSC Dublin from today, Wednesday March 20 as part of the Big Egg Hunt, sponsored by Lily O’Brien’s and in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation.

Gavin’s egg art which is for sale online at thebiggegghunt.ie with a current bid price of €250, is in good company with big artist names including Guggi, Thelma Mansfield, Rasher, John Rocha and Ireland’s newest music sensation the Strypes, as well as household names like 2fm’s Joe Duffy, Rick O’Shea and Cormac Battle.

All the eggs, which have been on display on the streets of Dublin in advance of Easter, are being auctioned to raise funds for the 300 severely disabled children in receipt of home nursing care from Jack & Jill. The hand crafted eggs are destined to become highly collectible and valuable works of art. The online auction is open to everyone people are encouraged to jump on board and to get bidding in Ireland’s biggest ever egg hunt which is now Ireland’s biggest ever art auction on line.

Johnathon and his wife Mary Ann O’Brien set up the Jack and Jill foundation after their son Jack died. It now provides nursing care, respite and support for up to 300 families of children with severe neurological development issues.

In the north west, the organisation provides support to 10 children from birth to four years of age, this costs over €45,000 a year. Two Leitrim children are currently benefiting from the service of Jack and Jill, this costs over €4,000 a year. All funds are generated through donations and unique fundraising ideas like communion bracelets!

You can donate on www.jackandjill.ie