Showcasing the best in Irish craft

WE’VE come a long way from the singing leprechauns and Celtic kitsch that used to choke up tourist shops.

Up to €100 million is now generated for the Irish economy from the sale of crafts at one trade fair alone, according to Enterprise Ireland.

Showcase Ireland, which opens at the RDS in Dublin at the end of the month, is now considered the foremost trade fair in the country with 650 Irish exhibitors and buyers from over 30 countries.

This year, Louise Knatchbull, daughter of famed knitwear designer Joan Millar will exclusively reveal the family’s new Millar collection.

A former ladies knitwear designer with Burberry, Louise will also reveal the new Baby Burberry collection for the first time ever in this country.

Fashion designer Helen Mc Alinden will also present her new Foxford bedlinen range and Edmond Chesneau, who has just opened a leather goods shop on Wicklow Street in Dublin, will have his latest goods on display.

“Now in its 29th year, Showcase is an important monitor of evolving trends. It’s also an essential platform for launching new products and an ideal arena for emerging designers and small companies to introduce themselves to other buyers,” a Showcase spokeswoman said.

Up to 10,000 visitors, including a record number of international buyers are expected to visit Showcase 2005, which is organised on behalf of the Crafts Council of Ireland and marketed internationally by Enterprise Ireland.

Showcase is the flagship sales event for the Crafts Council of Ireland and is staged annually.

Showcase 2005 is organised by Showcase Ireland Events Limited and takes place at the RDS Main Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, January 23-26. Trade only.

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