Traditional crafts and design in Ireland

Northern Irish Wools for Carpets, ©LollyKnit/Flickr

Northern Irish Wools for Carpets, ©LollyKnit/Flickr

Irish crafts and designs have a long traditional history which can be lead back to the Celtic culture and craftsmanship. Their skills and handiness is visible in the art of woodturning, jewelry making and many others. Today many craftsmen have opened their doors and let tourists and visitors get a peek behind the scenes. Experience the real essence of Irish crafts and design while you are on holiday. Enter the world of Irish traditional art and masters of traditional craftsmanship. You can also visit craft galleries and museums all over Ireland. And finally do not forget to try your crafting skills as well. Create something pretty and nice for a loved one.

The magic of Irish craft

This might sound more fascinating for the girls but all true lovers of crafts are welcome to have an insight of how Irish craftsmen work. There are craft studios where you can visit and witness in live what kind of skills are needed to create beautiful products which end up in the galleries of the country. No matter where you come from, if you appreciate and love art the Irish will definitely sneak into your heart immediately for it has a special charm which works like the magic of the Celts. Don’t fight it, get to know it and cherish it!

Made and donated by Cathy Giles of The Crafty Alley in Killarney, ©FreckledPast/Flickr

Made and donated by Cathy Giles of The Crafty Alley in Killarney, ©FreckledPast/Flickr

The world of crafts and design

When you are travelling through Ireland you must not miss out on visiting the National Craft Gallery, the leading center of exhibiting modern craft and design. You can even make a whole day out of it together with the family. In Killkenny you can visit the most exciting artistic venue of Ireland and if you like contemporary art you will most certainly enjoy the experience. The gallery not only exhibits crafts but it is also trying to inspire innovation and creativity through the organized events and educational programs, in this way developing cultural awareness. Entrance to the gallery is free.

Northern Irish Wools for Carpets, ©LollyKnit/Flickr

Northern Irish Wools for Carpets, ©LollyKnit/Flickr

Kerry Craft Trails

If you are planning a longer visit among the Irish in the county if Kerry we recommend you discover and experience the whole process of original and fine craftsmanship. Follow the Kerry Craft trail, an interactive journey, visit several craftsmen and learn about the history and art of craft making. You can also take an original gift with you to keep the memory alive. The products of Kerry are timeless and of high quality.

Irish Hiking Scarf, ©amanda-esque/Flickr

Irish Hiking Scarf, ©amanda-esque/Flickr

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