Neasa Murphy was prompted to set up this new business in October 2017 when she was looking for a card to send an Irish speaking friend. Alas, she could not find any cards that were to her fabulous taste so Neasa decided to make one, and the first ever Dingle Wild Card was born! It read ‘Ag Smaoineamh Ort’ which translates as ‘Thinking of You’, and was everything she was looking for - thoughtful and beautifully handcrafted, with a bit of sparkle!
Ceramic Sheep Brooch - Brookwood Pottery, Dublin
Elaine Fallon of Brookwood Pottery set up her first pottery studio in the garage at the end of her garden in Dublin City, in 2012. It was from this humble space that she launched her pottery range, Brookwood Pottery, “I love being a potter and for over 20 years I’ve worked with clay nearly every day,” she says. “I love the feeling of clay running through my hands on a pottery wheel and the excitement of opening a kiln and seeing what is waiting there. I’ve always wanted to share this experience of making pottery with others.”
Shamrock Linen Lavender Bag - Ferguson Irish Linen - County Down
Ferguson Irish Linen bears the name of its founder, Thomas Ferguson, and has been offering quality Irish linen to customers since 1854. Although there are still a few weavers weaving plain linens for apparel, the company is the only Irish linen damask weaver still remaining in the whole of Ireland. We adored the shamrock print and the superior quality of the linen fabric when we saw it and knew that we wanted to collaborate with Ferguson Irish Linen to make something nice for our subscribers. We decided on a useful and extremely pretty lavender bag - we think it is a wonderful idea to open your wardrobe every day, smell the wonderful lavender, admire the gorgeous shamrock print and perfect Irish linen…and be reminded of Ireland.
Ireland in gold with real Shamrock - Claire Kamber - Dublin
A real shamrock from the Wicklow mountains! The national emblem of Ireland is surrounded in gorgeous gold that catches the light nicely, highlighting the heart of this special piece, the Shamrock. This is one of Claire's most popular pieces of artwork and we had to pre-order it many months ago especially for subscriber's St. Patrick's Day MyIrelandBox.
Liz Christy - County Monaghan
Liz Christy, textile designer and hand-weaver, is inspired by the Irish landscape that surrounds her and the everyday colours and hues of the changing seasons. Liz is passionate about her work. She uses natural materials, along with specially spun boucle wool which is hand-dyed in Swallow Studios, producing stunningly different colours. Liz recently introduced t 'LizzyC Ramblin’ Sheep' lovingly packed in a pouch and we asked her to make flocks upon flocks for our subscribers for this month's MyIrelandBox.