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Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week takes place from October 3-9; pictured here are some of Kilkenny SHop's Irish designers L-R William Bunbury (Bunbury Boards), Vera Gaffney, Louis Mulcahy, Bláithín Ennis, Fiona Heany (Fee G).

WE ALL love a regular browse in the Kilkenny Shop as it really does live up to its name as the largest promoter of Irish design for more than half a century. As well as displaying absolutely amazing products instore, once a year it celebrates this dedication during Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week, which takes place from October 1-9.

A number of new initiatives are taking place this year, including a mentoring session for up-and-coming designers and design students, an Emerging Ceramic Design competition, in-store craft demonstrations and free vouchers.

This nationwide campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the very best of Irish design, honouring home-grown talent and the vast range created in Ireland, from pottery to crystal, handmade jewellery and fashion.

One such designer Kilkenny is highlighting is Kerry’s Louis Mulcahy. Louis designs and makes each one off piece. For multiples, such as tableware and lamp bases, he designs, makes and tests the prototypes, before handing over to his team of highly skilled assistants. Over the years he has continually refined his shapes and glazes for beauty and his clay body for durability.

This devotion to quality has gained worldwide recognition and the pottery has a special reputation for its large pots and rich, lustrous glazes. These special creations are available exclusively from his studio at Clogher strand west of Dingle.

The CEO of Kilkenny Group, Marian O’Gorman, said: “We are extremely proud to support Irish 12 months of the year, as this is what makes us unique from other retailers.”
She added: “This year we committed to growing our Irish suppliers by a further 5% over the next three years, which we have already commenced.”
For further information, times and schedules on Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week, visit https://www.kilkennyshop.com/ICDW-2016 and follow the Kilkenny Shop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates throughout the week – Promoting Irish design! #KICDW
 


 
Kilkenny Irish Craft & Design Week takes place from October 3-9; pictured here are some of Kilkenny SHop's Irish designers L-R William Bunbury (Bunbury Boards), Vera Gaffney, Louis Mulcahy, Bláithín Ennis, Fiona Heany (Fee G).

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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