RDS Irish craft Awards – July 2016

The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. The awards which were Established in 1968 follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

RDS Craft awards

The RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.

Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Check out what is up for grabs for those who enter –

The overall prize fund for the 2016 RDS Craft Awards is in excess of €30,000.


€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an established maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner.


€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an emerging maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

€2,000 IACI RDS Muriel Gahan Award
Awarded to an emerging craftsperson to assist with career /business development. This award is co-sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Instuitue and the RDS.

€2,000 RDS Graduate Award
Awarded to an outstanding entry by a graduate student

National Crafts & Design Fair Award
A free stand for an emerging maker (worth €2,000) in the Serpentine Hall, at the National Crafts & Design Fair in the RDS in early December 2016. Entrants must be prepare to display, staff and fully stock a 3 x 2m stand for the full five days of the Fair.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner

Such a great incentive for Irish makers so make sure you go an support the event.

The RDS Craft Awards Exhibition will be open to the public free of charge:

July 13 – 15 (10am-5pm, late opening on Thursday – 7pm)

It will also open during the Dublin Horse Show: July 20 – 24

For more information check out Craft Awards 2016

Click here for more information on the Dublin Horse Show


Virtual Reality Hits the Wild Atlantic Way

Just when you thought you had seen it all…..check out this amazing video along the Wild Atlantic way.

The 360 Virtual Reality content show’s the west coast of Ireland with 2 x Kiteboard world champion Youri Zoon joined by local Irish rider Ryan Coote with LifeProof to search for the perfect beach to kite on. I think Ireland has a good chance.

The Beach Location: Brandon Bay, Ireland

Filmed by: Dog Day Media

If you are looking at this on your phone move it around to see just how awesome this really is.


Amazing Aerial footage of the Giants Causeway.

Check out this amazing video by Shaun Costello of the famous Giants Causway in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. After seeing this you will definitely add it to your to-do list.


Some of Ireland’s TASTIEST new brands

For those of you who missed it, Taste of Dublin was back for another year and I must say it was a great day out. I went on the Saturday afternoon session. It was great to sample some of the great Irish brands as well as some of the favourites.


Black Castle Soda

Black Castle Soda was created by John and Riva and got the name Black Castle from the infamous Black Castle in Co Wicklow.

The non alcoholic Irish craft soda is something I haven’t tried before and I must say the boutique, hand made range left a great impression. They are perfect alone or as a mixer.

They currently have 3 flavours and they are all very unique.

My favourite is the Spiced Red Lemonade made with infused water of All Spice Berries and Cardamom Seeds, natural flavouring and colourings and low levels of real cane sugar to create an adult version of a childhood favourite!

The other flavours are Fiery Ginger beer which is packed full of flavour and just the right amount of heat! Made with rich Muscovado sugar, Ginger Root Extract and infused with a blend of warm Cinnamon and Cardamom spices. Lightly carbonated to make the perfect alternative to alcohol on a night out or as a mixer to high quality rums!

and Berry Bamble Sting a refreshing mix of fragrant Blackberries and stinging Nettle using Demerara sugar to create a fruity and sophisticated sparkling soft drink that’ll bring you back to early autumn walks down country lanes.

It is definitely something we will be seeing more of.


The Natural Bakery

If you are living in Dublin then you probably have heard of The Natural Bakery . It is the only bakery in Ireland who have a farm-to-loaf initiative. The flour is milled in-house and supplied by a Dublin tillage farmer, which keeps everything local.

Their range of bread and cakes is amazing. They have everything from seeded, white, wholemeal, gluten free – You name it they have it. They also specialise in custom cakes from their Stillorgan bakery.

I tried the cupcakes and also purchased a loaf of bread and I can honestly say the freshness and taste was beautiful. It was definitely one of the nicest loaves of bread I have tried in Ireland……and if you thought it couldn’t get any better, The Natural Bakery deliver directly to your door. Check out their website for delivery locations.


Toons Bridge Cheese

If you are a cheese lover like me, you can see why I stopped by Toons Bridge Dairy . Weather it’s ricotta, mozzarella, pecorino or haloumi (to name a few) these guy have you covered. The mozzarella is to die for. They also have olives and lots of antipasto dishes which are available from The Real Olive Co . If you happen to be in the west of Cork they have a shop and pizzeria open in Toons Bridge at weekends where they sell and serve their cheeses, along with our Real Olive products.

Cafe : Fridays & Saturdays 12:30-4:00 / 6:00 – 9:00   Sundays 12:30 – 6:00

 Shop: Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 9:00      Sundays 11:00 – 7:00


Cupcake Bloke

I have seen The Cupcake Bloke on social media a lot lately but I had never tried the cupcakes, that was until I was at Taste Dublin. Now I can see why everyone is talking about him. Not only do the cupcakes look great, but they taste great also. From the cute boxes, to the great flavours, next time you see The Cupcake Bloke pop up stop by and try him.

If you are in Dublin you can find him at

Coppinger Row Market, beside Powerscourt Townhouse , Dublin 2

Thursday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Friday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 3:30pm

The best airbnb Castles in Ireland


Turin Castle Mayo
Turin Castle Mayo



Turin Castle Mayo Bedroom
Turin Castle Bedroom


Turin Castle Mayo Ireland

Turin Castle, Kilmaine, Mayo , Ireland

Prices starting from €900 per night

Accommodates: 12

Turin Castle Kilmaine County Mayo is a unique medieval castle set against the backdrop of picturesque countryside. This exclusive and intimate venue is the perfect location for a romantic, castle wedding, parties or family gathering.

Click here for the full listing


Lisheen Castle Tipperary
Lisheen Castle Tipperary

Lisheen Castle Tipperary 1

Lisheen Castle Tipperary 2

Lisheen Castle, Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland

Prices starting from €997 per night

Accommodates: 14

During your Irish castle vacation you will enter the beautiful hallway, through the Great Oak Door,you will be immediately impressed by the opulance of the diningroom, reception rooms and library. At the end of the long corridor visitors will see a beautiful Ash Carved Stairs. Upstairs, there are currently 9 luxury bedrooms, 8 of which are en-suite. While the emphasis in Lisheen Castle is historical, the facilities are up to today’s standard with wi-fi and pc/printer available for use by the guests.

Check it out here



Wilton Castle Wexford
Wilton Castle Wexford


Wilton Castle Wexford 1 (2)

Wilton Castle – Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland

Prices start at €1001 a night for a min of 2 nights

Accommodates: 14

Elegant and imposing, Wilton castle is a 19th century castellated residence set on the banks of the Boro River specializing in luxury accommodation in the sunny south-east of Ireland.

Check it out here


Knappogue Castle Clare
Knappogue Castle Co Clare



Knappogue Castle Clare 1

Knappogue Castle, Quin, Clare, Ireland

Prices start at €1506 per night

Knappogue Castle is located in a truly picturesque setting, surrounded by the tranquil landscape and rolling hills of County Clare. Beautiful gardens surround the Castle where one can relax or enjoy a peaceful stroll. The Formal Rose Garden and the Walled Garden dating back to 1817, now fully restored, are the ideal setting for your Wedding Pictures, Outdoor Ceremonies and Receptions.

Check it out

Sunrise at Mount Errigal

If you have hiked around Ireland then you would have heard of Mt Errigal in Co Donegal. For those who haven’t seen Mt Errigal it is a 751-metre mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains and one of the highest in Ireland.

Adventure seeker Iain Miller from http://www.uniqueascent.ie took some amazing footage from his early morning hike on the snow covered Mt Errigal from sunrise. Check out the video for yourself to see the amazing footage.

 If you enjoy hiking make sure you check out more adventures from Iain on Wanderireland

Got a spare €7,000 a week?

Who said there was no property to rent in Dublin? If you have a spare €7,000 a week I have the perfect place for you.

You read that right €7,000 to ‘Live amongst the stars with Bono, Van Morrison and The Edge in the celebrity enclave of Dalkey. ‘Ischia’, a unique, stunningly beautiful home is located on the Sorrento Road within a stone’s throw of the sea and the beautiful Killiney Bay. You can take a stroll down to Dalkey village, which has an array of wonderful restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars’.

Located in the beautiful Dalkey the 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house could be yours for a short term let.

Check it out for yourself – Would you pay €7,000 a week?

Click here for the full Daft listing

Sorrento Road Dalkey 9
Images via Daft.ie


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