Leitrim’s thriving arts and crafts sector will see two local exhibitors showcased in the biggest ever National Crafts and Design Fair at the Dublin RDS from December 2-6.
Jonathan Ball from Kinlough, who produces blown-glass, metalwork and wood sculptures from his studio in Leitrim, will exhibit at this year’s fair.
Giolla Liddy from Drumshanbo, who produces handmade wooden toys and gifts will also showcase his wares.
This is the Year of Irish Design and our top craftspeople and designers from fashion to jewellery and beyond will be exhibiting their cutting-edge wares alongside the more traditional fare.
“The Fair gives a vital economic stimulus to the crafts and design industry in Leitrim and elsewhere with a spend in excess of €1 million per day,” said Festival organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.
“The annual RDS fair is vital to the crafts industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors’ busy for at least four months into the New Year.
“We are particularly pleased to have many excellent craftspeople from Leitrim involved and showing off such a huge array of skills and talents at the show.”
Record-breaking crowds of over 40,000 are due to attend the five-day event in the RDS which will feature over 600 stands this year.
The show features the best of contemporary crafts plus a spectacular Christmas food emporium with over 120 artisan food producers from all over Ireland.
The National Crafts and Design Fair 2015 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 2-6 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at www.nationalcraftsfair.ie
Admission is €10, OAP’s €8, children under 16 free.