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This Christmas.

Give them the gift of a snug neck and nape.

Heather Finn writes:

Irish made neck warmers make a perfect gift. Hand loomed in soft spun merino yarn in the garden studio in Oranmore, county Galway. Made with care, packaged with compostable packing. Avoid the extra delays and taxes and shop local this Christmas.

Heather Finn Knitwear

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This morning/afternoon.

RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The first day of Gifted, the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, which boasts ‘Ireland’s largest collection of sustainable Christmas gifts’ until December 5.


Leah Farrell/RollingNews

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Among the stalls…

…saddler Lucy Cushley (above) worked with a team making leather goods for the horses and set of the newly-released Matt Damon movie The Last Duel.

Lucy sez:

“I was brought in as a member of the Society of Master Saddlers after a shout went out for saddlers, so I was part of a team which worked in a warehouse on materials which appeared in the film.

“While I adore saddling, most of my income is from leather goods. I’ve been asked to make diverse items from weight lifting belts to wedding album covers to handbags.”


Pic: Robbie Reynolds

Enjoy reading?

Behold, the new Christmas Titles from O’Brien Press.

Tríona Marshall writes:

Great Moments in Irish Sport from Sportsfile. In this compilation of photographs spanning decades of Irish sport, readers can enjoy and reminisce on some our nation’s best sporting moments, both nationally and internationally.

Ah… That’s Gas by Sarah Cassidy and Kunak McGann. A wry look at the classic ads, unexpected crazes and viral moments from the worlds of Irish entertainment, sport, history and more, this A-Z is jam-packed with everything from Adam’s virtual hug to saving Dublin Zoo.

O’Connell Street by Nicola Pierce. A fascinating exploration of the people, the history, the buildings and the stories behind the main street in our capital city.

Puffling and the Egg by Gerry Daly and Erika McGann. A new, beautifully illustrated adventure story featuring the animals of Skellig Michael.

A Spooktacular Place to Be by Úna Woods. A spooky bus tour around Ireland; we follow the Dublin Vampire as he travels to well-known places all over the country.

O’Brien Press

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This Christmas…

…celebrate the joy of Dublin.

RetroEire writes:

What makes Dublin memorable? Places, music, culture. Some have vanished. Some are cherished. Some are under threat. At RetróEire we keep an eye out for reminders, memories and hints of home.

The Ceol Collection in collaboration with analogue letterpress printer One Strong Arm is about Irish songs & stories framed in contemporary design.

Designed and letterpress printed using a process which has remained unchanged for over 400 years. It’s music to the ears & eyes.

The first of many collabs from our Makers & Creators Corner, saving Dublin memories is an invitation to share treasured memories of the past in the present.

The Ceol Collection (RetróEire)

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The waft of the Aran Islands.

In your home!

Niamh Waters writes:

If you are looking to buy Irish and shop online this Christmas, then you might be interested to know that Doolin Ferry have teamed up with local Irish artisan candle maker, The Irish Chandler, to create two beautiful scented candles which will bring people’s memories of the Aran Islands to life this festive season…

…Handmade in small batches using only the finest materials, including eco cotton wicks, 100% soy wax and premium plant-based fragrance oils, the ‘Christmas in Aran’ and ‘Aran Memories’ candles are also burn clean so are perfect for use in your home or office…

Christmas In Aran Candle

Aran memories Candle

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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

Rob Kenny writes:

The Handmade Soap Company’s gorgeous Christmas gift offering is now available… Choose a gift that is as kind to your skin as they are to the planet for your loved ones this Christmas. While also choosing to support an Irish, family-run company that in turn supports many local jobs.

The Handmade Soap Company

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Frank O’Dea, of Balla Bán Art Gallery, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2.

I know Christmas cards are slowly dying out but we’ve a few of these in the gallery shop for jilted lovers…

Festive, in fairness.

Balla Bán

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This Christmas.

Give the gift of wearable bone, copper or even vinyl!

Amy Houlihan writes:

Galway-based brand Iasc Designs uses traditional techniques to make modern mixed-media jewellery from a variety of materials including copper, bone, recycled vinyl records and computer parts.  Each piece is individually handcrafted to produce high quality, one of a kind, eye-catching accessories.

Iasc Designs

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This afternoon.

In time for Christmas.

A new soap launch.

Rob Kenny writes:

After two years of research, planning and development, Co. Meath based the Handmade Soap Company are delighted to today announce the launch of their pioneering new indulgent product range: Anam.

Derived from the Irish word for ‘soul’, the new Anam range transcends any existing environmental technologies.

The hero products are a lifelong, ornate hand lotion and hand wash glass bottle. Once your soap and lotion are running low, you simply re-order & refill the contents to your glass bottle, which arrive in a 100% compostable pouch, to be placed in your food bin.

The glass bottles can be filled with the contents of your compostable pouch time and time again

The Handmade Soap Company

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This Christmas.

Give The Golden Age of Dublin.

Ronan Carey writes:

You can’t have spent a day in Dublin without ever spying one of the famous “Malton Trail” signs dotted around the capital. These windows into the past show us what some of our most beloved spots looked like nearly two and half centuries ago.

Created and published especially by the Little Museum of Dublin to accompany our exhibition on the works of artist James Malton, this handsome new book serves a miniature biography of a city at the height of its golden age.

The Golden Age Of Dublin

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