We want to bring more gaelic in to the homes of our treasured MyIrelandBox subscribers. We speak so much of it here in Dingle - to our children and teachers and in our shops, homes and to the parents of other children. It is our heritage and so important to us. .This saying 'Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin' [phonetically 'neel aye-on tin-tawn mahr duh heentawn feign' - there is no fireside like your own fireside (in other words - there is no place like home!) - is a wonderful Irish saying that is loved amongst the Irish and we are sure that some of you know it well. Under the Willow Paper Goods have a lovely contemporary talent that brings the language in to the current age and we love it!
Rachel Webb ceramics - Galway
How could you pass up an opportunity to send a Connemara Raindrop to someone who loves Ireland? When we spotted these adorable pieces of porcelain we were immediately reminded of the little raindrops that patter against the old sash window of the traditional Irish cottage in the West of Ireland. Rachel is a talented ceramic artist who mainly works with porcelain and is based in the lovely city of Galway where our own Katharine studied law at University College Galway. From her little studio in Galway she makes the most beautiful porcelain treasures, with the greatest passion for her work.
Irish Grannies Cookbook - Gill & Macmillan Ltd
We could not resist sending this to you - the best of Irish Granny's classic recipes. It is a perfectly pocket-sized cookbook that includes all the classic Irish dishes. Have you tried Boxty? We love Barm Brack (it is a tradition to have it during Halloween (and sometimes a brass ring is cooked in to the brace for a lucky recipient to find!) but in our households, it is often in the kitchen. It is most delicious hot from the oven slathered with natural butter and homemade gooseberry jam or toasted the next day.
In this book MyIrelandBox subscribers will find all the traditional Irish recipes that our grandmothers and their mothers made.
Placed - René Mullins ~ Belfast, County Antrim
René produces her gorgeous handmade pieces from a small studio in her Belfast home as well as in her Belfast Print Workshop. We met René from 'Placed Ireland' at Showcase Craft Fair back in 2013. We fell in love with they way she contemporised Irish writing on linen. She tells us that her work is informed by a sense of place. 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 asked Rene to create something special for our subscribers this month that would fit with our Irish cottage theme and we both decided on a good quality tote with her adorable screen print of the 'Bainne', 'Siúcra' and 'Tae' - Milk, sugar & Tea image - the staples of an Irish country cottage kitchen!