New Pop-Up Shop Offers Something Original For Christmas

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Alison Walsh outside the Original Kerry shop on Rock Street.

ORIGINAL Kerry, the professional craft and design network in Kerry, has just opened a pop-up shop on Rock Street in time for the Christmas market.

The shop showcases gifts that are made in Kerry and inspired by it and made by the hands of professional craft makers and designers who are based right across the county.

“Every penny spent on a gift from the Original Kerry Christmas Gift Shop at 113 Lwr. Rock Street (two doors up from Garvey’s Supervalu) goes straight back in to the local economy,” said Deirdre Enright of Original Kerry.

“This year’s selection is the best ever with homewares, tablewear, jewellery, accessories and hand made gifts galore,” she added.

Many of the artists and designers in Original Kerry are specially commssioned for their skill and the work that will be showcased is perfect as corporate gift opportuntites also.


Alison Walsh with some of the great crafts on sale at the Original Kerry.

Names like Holden Leathergoods, Louis Mulcahy, Kerry Crafted Glass, Sean Sugrue, Kerry Woollen Mills, Goose Island Workshop and will feature.

Many of the craft makers involved in Original Kerry and their Kerry Craft Trails initiative operate in a very distinct micro-enterprise environment creating individual and specialised craft pieces using traditional skills and techniques.

“Handcrafted gifts make beautiful presents that last a life-time and are meaningful, not only to the gift-bearer but also to the recipient. The work on offer in our shop this year is as keenly priced as imported goods. When we buy locally designed and locally made gift items we are buying gifts that will last a lifetime and which are often passed on from generation to generation”, stated Deirdre Enright who co-ordinates the Original Kerry project.


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