The July MyIrelandBox
Trevis is a wonderful writer and manages perfectly to ensure that you dive straight in to the wonderful town of Dingle and to the world that he happened upon when he first entered 'the Town'.… so much so that you are almost in shock that you are not there when you look up from your book! We especially love the stories that unfold when visitors arrive at his little cottage. Trevis' story is uplifting, guiding, heartwarming, motivational and beyond doubt, ensures that you appreciate life and encourages one to be brave and strong in the face of fear. Enjoy it.
Máirín is a knitter from the Aran Islands who combines traditional elements of Aran knitting (e.g. cables, lattice work) with more modern techniques, such as seamless knitting, to create her own original designs. We discovered Máirín's adorable Aran knit bookmarks on our recent rambles around Ireland and we contacted her immediately.
Michael and Mark are two bearded men from Belfast with a passion for scent. We chose their Gorse candle as we are surrounded by this gorgeous plant here in West Kerry and the smell of it evokes the most wonderful memories of our childhood! It's the most brilliant way to bring a little bit of the Dingle Peninsula to subscribers in a MyIrelandBox!
We knew that Claire and her husband had a great sense of what really is Irish when we spotted their fun and quirky signs in a craft shop window! Trevis Gleason in the enclosed 'Chef Interrupted' book says that 'Hope without a plan is just a dream' and we thought that this was so motivating!
The June MyIrelandBox
We could not send an Irish Cottage MyIrelandBox to subscribers without including a St Brigid's cross! This would have been found in every traditional Irish cottage around the country and is still placed in homes to protect them! Founded in 2011, SNOW is a design and laser-cutting company run husband and wife team Fiona Snow and Michael Mohler. They utilise digital fabrication in appropriate ways to enable the development of objects that are seen in Irish design shops all over Ireland!
We had been secretly working with Helen Magee of Hairy Fruit Art over the past few weeks leading up to this month in the making and designing of this 'Irish Cottage' inspired notebook that is unique to treasured MyIrelandBox subscribers. We love the little Irish Blessing that we chose to be printed on it.
Helen Magee is a long established Wicklow artist and member of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland. Her designs are inspired by anything from the beautiful Irish countryside and local gardens in County Wicklow (known as 'The Garden of Ireland'), and from her life growing up in a home with a Mum who is a fine artist with a great eye for color and a natural flair for interior design.
We bring your the symbol of Ireland in the shamrock and also the old Irish tradition of embroidery in this cute lavender bag by Samuel Lamont & Sons.
Samuel Lamont & Sons Ltd is a family business which has been manufacturing and supplying a wide range of house-hold textiles for almost 200 years!
René produces her gorgeous handmade pieces from a small studio in her Belfast home as well as the Belfast Print Workshop.
It is clear from her evident talent that René has ancestry links to the linen industry. Her mother's family were flax growers and on her father's side were expert flax millers. What we especially love about René's work is that her beautiful products often include words in gaeilge … again reconnecting with her homeland.
We chose this piece as not only would a tea towel be seen in a typical Irish cottage, but the Irish words for other products typically found in such an abode are printed thereon … such as Siúcra (sugar), Tae (tea) and of course, 'Bainne' (milk)!
The Ursula Celano brand is all about designs that say 'Ireland' and we have included her wonderful products in the past. Each of her designs are uniquely Irish yet contemporary.
Ursula's Traditional Irish barns print is reminiscent of the old style sheds or barns that are found close to the Irish cottages of old, deep with the heart of the countryside. As we see these old barns or outhouses (some converted now to houses!) within many green fields in Ireland, it seemed right to include a nod to them in this month's Irish Cottage themed MyIrelandBox.
Ireland is a magical land of fairies, and the Irish people have been telling stories of these mystical beings for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. David creates various enchanted doors so that fairies, leprechauns and all their friends enter your world.
The May MyIrelandBox
Giolla, one of 4 children, was born in the West of Ireland from a line of carpenters and craftsmen. Each piece created by Giolla is handcrafted in the family workshop under the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain in County Leitrim.
Wood and sunlight seem to go naturally together. For Giolla Liddy it means using the woodworking skills he learned as a child to create a range of beautiful moon suncatchers, iris suncatchers and ring suncatchers which throw dazzling rainbows of light all around. Set in the window to catch the light, the suncatchers, made in a range of woods and Asfour crystal shapes, create a spectrum of coloured light on the dullest of days – just beautiful….
Judith Ritchie runs her wonderful jewellery business from Ireland's capital -Dublin City! We discovered her new line of treasures earlier in the year and we decided that we must work together to create this piece inspired by the Three Sisters hill range on the Dingle Peninsula.
We wished for our subscribers to, in some small way, keep the hills of Ireland close to them…
Stephen Flynn is an artist who is based on the Dingle Peninsula. He is clearly inspired by the most beautiful coastline and countryside that surrounds him. This image is of a painting of his with the beautiful montbretia that lights up our hedgerows during the late summer months and the alluring Three Sisters gracing the background.
The April MyIrelandBox
A lovely nod to Easter this year! Jenny is wowing Irish design enthusiasts with her beautiful creations. She has been described by one of our national newspapers, The Irish Examiner, as "A leading light among this new generation”.
We love this artist's work! Take a look at her pieces over at www.deirdremckenna.com. She is from Dingle, Co. Kerry and is inspired by the bog, the ocean (she once sailed from Dingle to Spain on a Jeanie Johnson replica ship!), the Wild Atlantic Way, Irish culture and the 'Wren Boys'.
The original limited edition etching in your April MyIrelandBox is worth over $60 USD and is of Tory lighthouse in Donegal - one of the famous lighthouses along the Wild Atlantic Way. We love Deirdre's work and her enthusiasm for Irish traditions.
After the closure of the Waterford Crystal factory in Waterford City Ireland in January 2009, a group of master craftsmen with a combined total of over 130 years experience in glass- making, came together and made the decision to set up a glass making facility of their own in the very heart of Waterford City.
Your handmade glass bird was curated for subscribers to give luck, to admire, to hold for comfort and to think of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way that adorns its western shoreline and the beautiful birds that have happily made it their home.
Described as Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder, at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are simply awe inspiring.
Kelly Cards are publishers of quality Irish made greeting cards and they are based in Baileborough, a small lively town in County Cavan, Republic of Ireland.
St Patrick's Day March MyIrelandBox
In Dublin recently we stumbled upon Louise's very cute and contemporary work. We just loved how she managed to take our national symbols and make them trendy and fitting for inclusion in today's homes. Louise has over 20years experience in this graphic design. She worked as a Senior Designer in leading Advertising and Design agencies in Liverpool and Dublin.
Louise was prompted to set up her own business after initially designing bespoke wedding stationery for family and friends. Through word-of-mouth, demand for unique invitations grew rapidly and then, Impact Design was born!
We were delighted to work with Louise for the St Patrick's Day MyIrelandBox! She says that your card may be framed or indeed, sent to someone who would love a little taste of Ireland.
The makers at Erin Knitwear specialise in hand-knitting and the business was set up in 1965 by Tom and Sally Lane. The company began by producing both traditional and fashionable Aran hand-knits and accessories for ladies, gents and children. All of their gorgeous products are hand knit using 100% wool.
Let us know how you wear your little sheep. We would love for you to post a photograph of your sheep corsage on Instagram or on Facebook and tag us (@myirelandbox)!
We bumped in to Bernie Everard recently and we were very happy that we did! She is a creator and her chosen material is slate. It’s heavy, rough around the edges and, as Bernie says, 'frustratingly non-uniform', but that’s what she loves about it. It’s a natural material, 500 million years in the making. Not quite perfect but perfectly beautiful. Bernie designs and crafts slate products in her family’s business premises in Co Kildare, Ireland. She advises that 'Mother Nature took her time to make our raw material. All our craftspeople have to do is coax out the unique beauty in each piece of slate - to find the diamond in the rough. The slate is cut by hand into the shape we need. It's a tricky process and requires a steady hand. It's here where we notice how different one piece of slate can be from another. It's a challenge but also part of the joy of working with a natural material.'
Bernie and her team collaborated with 'Doodle Art' to bring you this beautiful piece that depicts the Irish heritage, culture and landscape and combines this with ancient natural slate. We hope you love this piece as much as we do!
The Wild Goose Studio in Kinsale Co. Cork Ireland is a family run business that has been designing and making gifts to inspire the imagination since 1970. Together with leading Irish artists and craftspeople, Wild Goose has created a unique range of artefacts which combine heritage with the contemporary inspired by Irish myths, legends and history. We chose the Shamrock hanging decoration especially for St Patrick's Day and to be hung somewhere special to remind you of the Emerald Isle.
The February Grá (Love) MyIrelandBox
Nestled in the Irish countryside overlooking the serene view of Dingle Bay lies a cottage with a half door. It is in this magical setting that Juli Malone creates her Dingle Druid natural skincare range. Juli grew up in Dingle, deep within the Irish countryside and from childhood has felt inspired by Mother Nature. Her own honey bees buzz around the cottage, providing the beeswax and honey that Juli uses when making her natural skincare products and candles. We love that the pure clean water added to her products are from her very own well! We were really excites to send our subscribers Juli's beeswax candles.
We collaborated with Vanessa Scott-Hayward of Six0Six Design to create these perfect pencils enwrapped in an inspiring extract from the Irish Constitution - 'Relying in the First on Her Own Strength She Strikes With Full Confidence of Victory!'. We had never seen this quote written on its own anywhere before and we sent it in poster form to subscribers last year. Now it is on a pencil and we hope that it brings you strength in 2017! Vanessa studied Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and then completed an apprenticeship in the family business designing and making bespoke furniture.
This experience encouraged Vanessa to establish her business, Six0Six Design. From her workshop in County Kildare, Vanessa hand covered each pencil using these wonderful quotes, making every one pencil unique and different from the other.
Anita Elliott and Martin Gleeson are the talented designers behind Clover Rua. They design and print a range of gift ware that celebrates the richness of Irish design, culture and architecture. They hand screen print irish linen cushions, tea towels and aprons and design prints, notebooks and greeting cards. Clover Rua recently won a first place award at Showcase Ireland in the Homeware category. Supporting Irish manufacturers is central to their business, and all their prints, greeting cards and notebooks are 100% Irish made - of course we would accept nothing less! We were delighted to rediscover Anita recently and when we saw her Grá print, we knew that it would be perfect to include in our love themed MyIrelandBox.
Get the box of tissues out, this one’s a tear jerker…if you find the world of romance to be sometimes overwhelming!
The poet and musician have always been held in high esteem in Ireland. There are certain songs that, through intimate expressions of love, are part of the fabric of our national identity. One of Ireland's most iconic images is of Luke Kelly, eyes shut tight, head thrown back, delivering 'On Raglan Road' from deep in his heart. However, if one of our favourite poets, Patrick Kavanagh, had never encountered a young medical student from County Kerry, we would never have been graced with this national treasure. This lively account uncovers how this and other great love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses.
The January MyIrelandBox
'Tea and Talk', by one of our favourite Irish authors, Alice Taylor. We are so delighted to share her newest novel with you. Alice manages to remind the reader to appreciate the simple things in life and invites you to her parish, her world, in Innishannon, County Cork. This is a special, warm and enjoyable read and we hope that you love it as much as we do.
Máire McKeogh's creations provoke a reminder of Ireland past and present. Her designs have been described as 'Fresh, cultural and nostalgic', evoking fond memories and celebrating the generosity and love of Irish friends and families.
‘Sealed with Irish Love’ is a creation of creative Irish gifts and homeware for people looking for a flavour of Ireland in their homes. Máire McKeogh hand-draws traditional Irish imagery - the village water pumps, the old cottage, old signposts (all seen throughout the Dingle peninsula where we live!) and the old Irish bicycle for example. She then combines these images of old Ireland with bold, geometric patterns.
Alix Mulholland works from a tiny cottage nestled in the Mourne Mountains of County Down and says that she has ‘tried to “bottle” all that is lovely about Irish life and Ireland's landscape and wishes to share it with everyone’. Creating beautiful scents is at the heart of their business, and Alix says 'there’s nothing quite like the power of a scent to bring treasured memories of childhood days or holidays in Ireland flooding back. We included this candle for you and we think that its scent is a wonderful way to bring a piece of Ireland in to your home whilst you read Tea and Toast and visit Alice's world in the parish of Innishannon.
The Ursula Celano brand is all about designs that say 'Ireland' and we have included her wonderful products in the past. She has some many gorgeous designs and styles that remind us of Ireland. We would love to surprise you with all of them!
Ursula's designs are award winning and have featured in Showcase Ireland's best 50 products each year that she has exhibited. Each of her designs are uniquely Irish yet contemporary. We have in the past included a similar Irish cottage tote for some subscribers that Ursula created with the old abodes of Ireland in mind - that still remain to be seen in our countryside. We imagined our subscribers popping their new book, candle, the Sealed with Irish Love mug and a flask of tea or coffee in to this tote and stealing off somewhere peaceful to enter into Alice Taylor's world that will bring you and your imagination to Ireland.
The December MyIrelandBox
When we met the team at McNutts and experienced the quality of this particular scarf we knew that we had to send it to our subscribers. We chose the gorgeous green shades as they represent the rolling green hills and landscape of Ireland! Since 1953 Donegal Woollen Mill has been producing high quality, 100% woollen products. All goods are manufactured locally with knowledge and skill that has been handed down from generation to generation. The mill, now over 60 years old, is based in Downings, Co. Donegal.
From Tullow, County Carlow, Rachel Gilsenan creates the nicest knitted toys and quirky home ware designs that we have seen! We discovered Rachel on Instagram and after getting to know her and seeing the quality of her work, we learned how passionate and dedicated she is to her knitting craft. This little Irish fairy was designed exclusively for MyIrelandBox subscribers.
Based in County Wicklow, Real Ireland Design is a company that understands how to portray the beauty of the Irish landscape by using high quality images on items that can be used and admired every day. From calendars and bookmarks to mini jigsaw puzzles, Real Ireland Design's products represent Ireland very nicely! We thought you would like to see a beautiful image ofIreland every month next year with this lovely calendar.
When Sonia of Kilcoe Studios contacted us during the Summer to let us in on her plan to create Christmas cards we knew that they would be just perfect in the December Christmas MyIrelandBox! Featuring seasonal ivy and birch, these images are prints of original watercolors. Sonia knows how to capture the essence and beauty of Irish nature at Christmas perfectly in print. Kilcoe Studios is based in Skibbereen, County Cork and was created by Eamon who makes fine furniture from a mixture ofIrish and European hardwoods, using age-old handcrafted techniques.
The November Thanksgiving MyIrelandBox
Helen Magee is a long established Wicklow artist and member of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland. Her designs are inspired by anything from the beautiful Irish countryside and local gardens in County Wicklow (known as 'The Garden of Ireland'), retro art and design principally the '60's and '70's, and from her life growing up in a home with a Mum who is a fine artist with a great eye for color and a natural flair for interior design. These 'Céad Míle Map' oven gloves are just perfect to bring a little bit of Ireland in to your home this Thanksgiving!
This recipe book is so special for so many reasons. Not only are the proceeds destined for a really great cause (Temple Street Children's Hospital) but some of the most popular chefs in Ireland have shared really special (and until now 'secret') recipes with us. Our favorite recipes are the BQ Baby Back Ribs from TriBeCa and that really super Superfood Salad!. We would absolutely love it if you shared what you have cooked or baked with us on Instagram or even Facebook! (Make sure you get those oven gloves in the photo too!). There may very well be a surprise for the most delicious looking dish!
We asked Karyn to create a hanging decoration for your home this Thanksgiving that would bring the Irish kitchen right in to yours this month. The Irish are known for putting on the kettle and having a 'cupán tae' especially when visitors arrive!
The October MyIrelandBox
We are partial to the odd seaweed bath here in MyIrelandBox. We had our first one in Strandhill, Co.Sligo years ago and we felt that we had been brought back in time to old Ireland when seaweed baths were found throughout the country!
Mungo Murphy's Seaweed Co. uses only sustainably hand-harvested seaweed from the West of Ireland in the making of its seaweed bath products, bringing the wild energy of the sea, to the cosy comfort of your home.
We met sisters Jacki and Nicole at last January's Showcase Ireland Event. To merge this beautiful scenery that we see every day here in West Kerry (Have you been following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (@MyIrelandBox) to our images?) with fashion is in our opinion just genius!
Their wonderful bags and purses made with sustainably sourced materials, feature images of photographs from Irish coastal and waterside areas.
At it Again design and create pocket guides, notebooks, cards and posters themed to classic literature. All of their products are created, designed and printed in Dublin, Ireland, on sustainable material. The illustration on this greeting card features a quote from the original Gothic novel 'Dracula', (written by Bram Stoker who was born in Dublin) where as in a dream, three voluptuous women mysteriously appear to seduce Jonathan Harker. A perfect card for Halloween and our little nod to all things spooky!
Nestled in the Irish countryside overlooking the serene view of Dingle Bay lies a cottage with a half door. It is in this magical setting that Juli Malone creates her Dingle Druid natural skincare. Honey bees live on the land with her and provide the beeswax and honey that she uses during the process. We love that the pure clean water added to each lovingly made batch of natural skincare is fetched from her very own well! This gorgeous soap blanketed in Irish wool felt was the perfect option to choose from her range. This is because in olden days here in Ireland, sheep's wool was wrapped around soap as an exfoliant. Those ancestors of our were smart! We wanted to take you back in time with this lovely natural product!
The September MyIrelandBox
The Giant Irish Elk, now extinct, is believed to have roamed the lowlands of central and eastern Ireland, weighing up to 800-1000 lbs. and stood at 2 metres at the shoulder. With antler width of up to 4 metres, ( and weighing up to 35kg) these are the largest antlers know to have existed on any deer. It is understood these Irish Elk were a victim of the Ice Age, finally disappearing from Ireland around 10,500 years ago.
We have had our eye on Saturday Workshop's handmade treasures for the last year now and we were delighted when we finally got the opportunity to work with Iseult and her father Edward this month.
Saturday Workshop is a small workshop based in Sandymount, Dublin that was started by Edward and Iseult O’Clery, who like to make objects together at the weekends! Iseult is a full time Architect and so…they make all of their handmade products together on Saturdays!
Stephen Farnan is a potter by trade and completed a BA in Ceramics at the University of Ulster and an MA at the Royal College of Art in London.
Inspired by the dramatic landscapes that pepper Ireland, Stephen has also created a number of limited edition prints. Now Stephen has taken a fresh approach to his craft by producing maps of different countries and transferring drawings of some of their famous buildings or landscapes onto them. He explains: "We are then putting traditional pencil drawings, which are like caricature versions of different well-known places, onto the maps….I think the reason why colouring has become so popular for adults is that it is a gentle process …which is good for unwinding."
Based in County Wicklow, Real Ireland Design is a company that understands how to portray the beauty of the Irish landscape by using high quality images on items that can be used and admired every day. From calendars and bookmarks to mini jigsaw puzzles, Real Ireland Design's products represent Ireland very nicely! We thought you would like to unwind with a jigsaw and create a wonderful image of Ireland that we see here in Dingle every day - our famous sheep!