Dublin Arts and Craft Shows?

May 6th, 2007, 06:06 AM
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Dublin Arts and Craft Shows?

Are there any arts and craft shows in Dublin in July and August?
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May 7th, 2007, 06:58 AM
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What do you mean by show? They do not have huge ones here just smaller shops and venues. There is a trade show in the spring but that is different and not open to the public. Are you looking for a specific type of craft? Remember it a smaller population here so we don't do things on a large scale.
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May 7th, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Actually there is a knitting and stiching show but it is usually feb. July/Aug I don't think there is anything else. Try smaller shops and venues. Maybe cow lane market in Temple bar where the kids from the fashion design schools set up stalls with various types of things.
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May 7th, 2007, 07:05 AM
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There is generally an Arts and Crafts exhibition at the Dublin Horse show - which is on in August.

We don't really have the same level of interest though in Arts and Crafts as the US so this will not exactly be what you are looking for - but it may be of some interest.

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May 7th, 2007, 09:57 AM
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If you mean the big craft/trade fairs like we sell at in Canada and the US, they don't happen much here yet. This is why we sell now at farmers' markets etc. Interest in eg knitting and weaving has waned with the riches of Ireland, as the women who used to knit simply to make ends meet now work full time.
Some of the farmers markets include crafts.. In Dublin, maybe see..
In spite of the November date at the top, this seems to be every Saturday.

There are a few workshops starting in smaller places; we will be helping staff one here in Glencolumcille in September. They have had a hard time finding enough skilled hand knitters to do this one.
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May 7th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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Though possibly not EXACTLY what the OP had in mind, I'm reminded of a couple of locations (viewed from the Hop On - Hop Off Bus Tour) that had large numbers of drawings/paintings and photographs on display for sale.

One was near(?) the Grand Canal toward / near Leeson / Grand Parade, I thought. The artists were set up on the sidewalk with their work mounted / displayed on a wall or fence????
Seem to remember hearing that that was a regular thing?

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May 7th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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SiobhanP, I am looking for a venue or shop that sells handmade things, such as stitching, pottery, glass, patchwork and fabric.

Anchoress, The Airfield Market sounds like an interesting place, they seems to have crafts, food, etc.

Lawchick, The Horse Show has an exhibition of local artist, but I don't think the art is for sell.

Bob, It would be nice to bring home an original painting. Thanks.
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May 8th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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During our trip to Dublin in 2006 the sidewalks around St Stephen's green had many artists (>200) displaying & selling their wares on sat & sun
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May 8th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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The Horse show has an arts and crafts show as part of it.

But if what you are after is pottery then you might be interested in Louis Mulcahy or the like. He has a shop in Dublin.


You will also find handmade pottery/quilts etc in shops in dublin, like

Avoca Handweavers
Kilkenny Design
Blarney Wollen Mills etc.

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May 8th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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for a venue or shop that sells handmade things:

Kilkenny shop on Nassau Street and a few smaller shops on that street have pottery, sweaters and Irish made products. For fabric try Hickeys on Henry street northside beside Arnotts. People are not big into quilting here.

There is a food fair every sat in Temple bar and various areas in Dublin over most weekends. Nice for some oysters and hot food to eat and walk around

The Horse Show
I think there is an everything fair at the horse show but its been years since I was there it was just a small fair last time I visited

Paintings- Every Sunday at Merrion square the artists are out with their paintings on show along the railings. The 3rd or 4th week of June they also do this on St Stephens green.

There is not as much weaving as you would find years ago but have a look at smaller shops in the country and Avoca on Suffolk still does the nice woven throws.
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May 8th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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There is a specialist quiltin/craft shop near Sligo; see


We seem to be rich indeed in Donegal and adjpoining counties; there is still weaving in Kilcar, Ardara etc. Parian China... several hand knitting mills and studios
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