We have loved Foxford Woollen mills ** for many years and we are very excited this year to finally be working with them especially for MyIrelandBox subscribers! We chose the gorgeous green shade as they represent the rolling green hills and landscape of Ireland so that you can wrap yourself in a little bit of the Emerald Isle this Winter.
Foxford Woollen Mills, in County Mayo, is where master craftsman meets modern Irish design.
Originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892, the fledgling business overcame many challenges down through the years in order to survive.
The area around Foxford was considered to be one of the poorest in the west of Ireland in the late nineteenth century. Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard felt the best way to combat these poor economic conditions was to establish viable local industries.
Foxford was built on the banks of River Moy and this inspired the idea for building a woollen mill. The River Moy provided the power, the sheep farmed locally provided the wool and the locals provided the labour.
Today, it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces for sale worldwide. Wrap yourself in a little bit of Ireland - a true treasure to comfort you for years to come.
The Irish Handmade Glass Company - Waterford City
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. Located in the new 'Kite Design Studio', The Irish Handmade Glass Company aims to bring the craft of glass making to life for visitors to historic Henrietta Street in the Viking Quarter of Waterford City. One can watch in amazement as renowned Glass Master, Richard Rowe transforms the molten glass into works of art before their very eyes. The Irish Handmade Glass Company aims to keep the craft of glassblowing and cutting alive, and to create beautiful, luxury glassware.
Your handmade glass bauble was curated for you to remind you of the importance of love, loyalty, and friendship this Christmas. We love the emerald green colouring that works perfectly with the Claddagh symbol, stunningly hand etched onto the surface of the bauble. We adore this special piece and we are sure you that you will find the perfect place in your home for it this Christmas.
2018 calendar - Real Ireland Design - County Wicklow
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 of Ireland every month next year with this lovely calendar.
Ursula Celano - Dublin
The Ursula Celano brand is all about designs that say 'Ireland'. 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. Her stationary might feature a girl jauntily riding a Dublin Bike, a tractor or a donkey! Her tea towels and aprons are pretty with prints of little Irish lambs and her oven gloves are decorated with funky shamrocks! Ursula also uses patterns of rolling hills as well as Irish dancers and cottages! We thought that her Irish dancer notebook would add a little Irish fun to New Year!
Claire Kamber - County Dublin
We were delighted when then talented Claire Kamber contacted us with a view to working together this year. We had been following her lovely Instagram posts that showcased her unique craft work and we had been waiting for the perfect moment to choose one of her pieces for MyIrelandBox subscribers. Claire is a trained map-maker! We think that is pretty cool. She merges this map making knowledge with her passion for picking and pressing wild flowers, her love for handmade papers and her very evident talent in craft making.
Claire uses modern paper cutting techniques to pair the map of Ireland with real shamrocks, vintage stamps and old book pages. The combinations are endless and are all Irish-themed. Be assured that these map of Ireland gift tags are just a taste of this maker's work. There is more to come from Claire in future MyIrelandBoxes! We think you will be very popular with a recipient of a Christmas gift that has this cute Ireland tag attached to it!