Meet Our Crafters
Hanlys and Sons Weavers
Hanlys story started 1893, when Denis Hanly and his son John set up a vertical woollen mill beside the Nenagh river, in a disused flour mill in North Tipperary. Local farmers sold their fleeces to the mill, where wool was spun and woven. Today, Brian Hanly, the fourth generation of Hanlys, proudly hold the reins of the company. The river still the water turbine from which generates the electricity, all their energy is from renewable sources. Hanlys use all-natural fibres as raw materials and all are sourced from renowned suppliers who produce and source their wools and cashmere in a sustained and ethical manner. Today, almost 130 year later, Hanlys unique weave and designs still hold a their simple and timeless charm.
Galtee Honey Farm
Galtee Honey Farm, a family run business, established in 1970, is located in the picturesque Galtee Vee Valley in the Golden Vale, Co. Tipperary. Their award winning honey is produced from the hives located in apiaries throughout the Galtee Valley, which includes three counties Tipperary, Limerick and Cork. Beekeeping at Galtee Honey Farm is a way of life which is driven by their passion to protect and nurture honey bees. As one of the most unique beekeeping farms in Ireland Galtee Honey farm consists of 170 hives of the Native Irish Black Honey Bees. They are committed to the conservation of the native Irish honeybee, the Black Bee, which is currently under thread due to crossing with imported honey bees. On an annual basis Galtee Honey Farm provide the Native Irish Black queen bees to Irish beekeepers, to help ensure this important resource is shared. Galtee Honey Farm bees have featured on TV programmes, to share their unique knowledge, including ‘Nationwide’, ‘Ear to the Ground’ and ‘Gliondar’ (RTE); ‘Garraí Glas’, ‘Bóithrín na Smaointe’ and ‘Bia Duachais’ (TG4) and Sky News.
Canvas to Candle
Established in 2017 by Bernice, Canvas to Candle crafts luxuriously scented soy wax candles in beautiful bespoke travel tins. Located in Ballinasloe, easternmost part of Co. Galway, Bernice uses a unique blend of fragrance inspired by nature and the Wild Atlantic Way. Each of Canvas to Candles products has a story behind the scent. All candles are hand made by Bernice in small batches to ensure each candle is carefully crafted. The candles can take you on a fragrance journey and invoke happy memories.
Mud Ireland is a porcelain pottery creating handcrafted in Co. Armagh, Ireland, by talented potter Josh. Josh has spent a number of years crafting his skills and knowledge of ceramics. Mud Ireland are a small business with a passion for crafting and a deep love for the creation process. All their porcelain pottery is 100% handcrafted in Ireland using natural materials, from local suppliers. Each piece is unique due to this handcrafting process. Mud Ireland unique signature design is created by the path of the maker’s hand. All glazes are developed with a dept of colour by Mud Ireland. When the unique glazes are applied the finish on each piece as it pools as flows over and accentuates the throwing rings. Mud’s creations are luxurious, well made and designed to stand up to everyday use.
Ni Ri Designs
Ni Ri Designs is based in Freshford in Co. Kilkenny produces watercolour greeting cards. Anne, the founder of Ni Ri Designs, began painting at an early age and realised her passion for working with watercolours. Ann draws her inspiration from her surroundings of the stunning countryside and farms located in Freshford. Anne has won multiple awards for her collection of card designs and her works have been displayed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
A Piece of Ireland Galway
Susi Coveney, the owner of A Piece of Ireland, Galway is based in Moycullen Co. Galway in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Susi’s pottery is renowned for its natural colours and designs. For 12 years Susi has been crafting her passion, working with clay, 3 years ago she started throwing stoneware mugs on the potter’s wheel. Susi takes her inspiration from nature and local wildlife and countryside, in the woods of Moycullen. Her mum Christine, a multidisciplinary artist, developed the natural variety of hand-painted designs seen on the mugs. Handcrafted in small batches and glazed in soft shades each piece is crafted by hand using traditional methods. Susi and Christine’s work can be used and treasured for years to come.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden, based in the vibrant city of Galway, is our supplier of bespoke & speciality teas from around the world. The Secret Garden is a family run business with a unique passion for tea source only the best quality organic teas. With a selection of over 100 teas, varieties of herbal tea include, fruity, green, oolong, white, yellow, black, Rooibos, Mate, Moroccan and blooming tea. Herbal teas have been used, down through the centuries, as natural remedies for a variety of ailments and some herbal teas have health-promoting and soothing properties.
The Original Aran Company
The Original Aran Company established 35 years’ ago, pride themselves in maintaining the original Aran knitwear design. A craft which has been passed on through the generations. Based in Donegal they produce high quality Aran knitwear with luxurious soft wool and wool blended with other natural fibres including cashmere. Taking inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty of the rugged mountains and the Wild Atlantic the natural fibres and colours used in their knits is a reflect the wild and stunning countryside of Donegal.
Nest Box Ireland
Shane Pedlow, a TY student from Dublin, winner of 2019 Business Enterprise award-winning products. Shane produces handmade nest boxes, perfect for wildlife and garden lovers. Constructed, by hand, from European sustainable plywood and treated with a water-based preservative, that are child/pet/wildlife friendly. Shane makes different styles of nest boxes, for robins, blue tits, swifts, sparrows, woodpeckers and even owls.
The Roots of The Owl Tree
The Owl Tree has a unique history which has its roots in The Dun Emer Guild whom were at the forefront of the Celtic Revival of the early twentieth century. The company was established in 1902 by Evelyn Gleeson, renowned botanist, and her sisters, Lily and Elizabeth Yeats – sisters to WB Yeats. The company was name Dun Emer after Cúchulainn’s wife who was said to be a skilled needlewoman. Evelyn and her sisters’ mission were to provide training young local women in the necessary skills, to give work and prevent the unique skills dying out:
“Irish hands and Irish materials in the making of beautiful things”
The Dun Emer Guild was an arts and crafts co-operative, run by women, for women and employed only women. The Guild was divided into three sections, namely, a printing press, the weaving of rugs and tapestries, and the production of embroidery – all supervised by Evelyn, Lily and Elizabeth. Mum of Grace, current owner of the Owl Tree, learned her craft, the delicate art of Celtic embroidery and the skills of color shading with, her cousin, Evelyn Gleeson. Today Grace and her daughter Emer very proudly carry on the unique and historic skills handed down from The Dun Emer Guild. Grace relocated to Galway and The Owl Tree is located along the world famous in the beautiful west of Ireland on the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Hearts of Ireland
An Irish designer, Adelle Hickey has had a successful career in the fashion and film industries. Her research work in Design History and Material Culture has inspired the unique collection of cards, notebooks, and prints. The inspiration for the series embraces centuries of Irish visual culture – Archaeology, mythology, needlework, Celtic symbols, wildlife, and flowers are bound together in a visual expression of all that is authentically Irish. The Heart symbol is central to her work and pervades the collection. An individual approach is taken for different themes. Designs are shaped by, incorporated into, emerge out of or appear to be escaping the heart in their own unique way.
Chez Emily Handmade Belgian Irish Chocolates
Chez Emily is a family run sustainable cottage industry, producing artisanal handmade chocolates. Having spent several years in Belgium Ferdinand and Helena returned to Dublin 1996 and Chez Emily was born. Ferdinand and Helena established Chez Emily Handmade Chocolates on July first of that year. They incidentally named the business after their only daughter Emily. Chez Emily’s ethos has changed very little in the past 20 plus years but their passion and dedication has only increased to strive to a sustainable cottage industry, bringing you a truly artisanal handmade product, still produced from the original family recipes with care and motivation. Chez Emily has grown somewhat in size, has two retail outlets, a strong representation across Ireland, has achieved many awards and accolades.
Wilde Irish Chocolates
Since 1997, Wilde Irish Chocolates, through a love of all things chocolates, have been crafting handmade Irish chocolates. Based in County Clare, Inspired by the Wild Atlantic Way and a deep love of nature, their small artisan factory produces over 80 different handcrafted chocolates. Over the years Wild Irish Chocolates have refined the making process to extend their many chocolate products. Original recipes are slowly cooked and stirred by hand. Chocolates are hand decorated one by one, with attention to detail. Wilde Irish Chocolates are dedicated to handcrafting premium chocolates one batch at a time, ensuring personal touch that goes into every piece.