CASTLECONNELL Craft Fair has carved its own niche in the local calendar and this weekend celebrates its 25th anniversary.
On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, October 26 and 27 in the Castle Oaks Hotel they will become officially the longest running craft fair in Munster.
To celebrate their birthday, secretary Judy O’Hare says they have two surprises - one which may attract a big increase in female teenagers!
“The first is that the entry fee to the fair puts each visitor in a raffle for two tickets for One Direction’s concert in Dublin on Sunday, May 25. Their value is €300.
“Secondly, the Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Cups will be on display for anyone who wants to take their photo with them,” said Judy.
There will be 45 stalls of the very best of ceramics, fine jewellery, paintings, photography, sculpture, wood-turning and lots more.
“We will have some old favourites and many new craftworkers - all with Irish made crafts of the highest quality. All our profit, as always, goes back into the community, and we have great community support from Bord na nOg, Castleconnell Scout Troop and the camogie club in running the days of the fair. We also have the generous support of the Castle Oaks Hotel and Limerick County Enterprise Board,” said Judy.
Also new at Castleconnell Craft Fair will be the Limerick Craft Collective formed earlier this year by a group of local craftspeople to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of Limerick craft and design.
They will launch their information leaflet. As registered members of the Crafts Council of Ireland and in association with The Hunt Museum, the group aims to develop craft knowledge and skills by promoting craft skills at public events and studio classes. As part of their goals, the Limerick Craft Trail was established to encourage the public to visit their craft studios and workshops and watch as they hand-make their inspired creations.
To highlight locally produced craft items within our local communities, eight members of the collective will be taking part in the Castleconnell Craft Fair.
They are Clare Jordan Ceramics, Forgotten Silver Jewellery, Kiluragh Kraftworks, Hanora K Designs, Fabulous Felt, Homeland Candles, Bizaro Ceramics and Olann Milinery.
“They will have stands open to the public showcasing a wide range of textiles, ceramics, iron and silver work and candles, which make ideal Christmas Gifts apart from their general uses for you or your home,” said Clare Jordan.
All are welcome to the Castle Oaks this Sunday and Monday from noon to 6pm each day.