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9 Night Knitting & Craft Tour of Ireland
New Dates Added for 2014: 5th April 2014 & 31st October 2014
Knitting in Ireland has a long and fascinating history. Traditionally Irish mothers would have knitted warm woollen jumpers for their children to protect them from the harsh Irish winters of times passed, a tradition which is still alive in Ireland to this very day.
Knitting and other traditional crafts can be seen in Irish people’s homes as well as on an industrial level in Irish woollen factories and mills. This Irish knitting tour will help you experience craft in Ireland with an emphasis on knitting. Your tour will include a tour of Dublin City and tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show (October Departure Only) in the RDS concert hall. Here you will find hundreds of craft exhibitors selling specialist supplies that can’t be found in shops, galleries from leading artists and groups, plus hundreds of workshops to introduce you to lots of new craft subjects.
Your knitting tour of Ireland then continues to Galway where your exploits will include a knitting class with Anne Ó'Máille of Ó'Máille’s of Galway, a number of knitting factory tours, a traditional Irish basket making demonstration with legendary basket maker Joe Hogan and an unforgettable overnight trip to Inis Oírr (Inisheer) on the Aran Islands where you will be instructed by Aran Knitting enthusiast Una McDonagh. Continuing on your knitting tour of Ireland, will bring you onto Kerry, the most scenic part of Ireland, we introduce you to Carol Feller, popular Irish knitter and author of the new book Contemporary Irish Knits which is included in the workshop. On your Irish Tourism knitting tour there will also be ‘Non Craft’ visits including the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, Trinity College and the book of kells, Blarney Castle and The Cliffs of Moher and an unforgettable journey around the Ring of Kerry and since this tour has a good mix of general sightseeing and tours, we are pleased to offer a special ‘non-knitter’ price.
We had a great holiday in Ireland.
The B & B in Kilkenny and Killarney were very good. Great hospitality. Both not far from the town centre and yet in a quiet neighbourhood.
The Hotel in Dublin was also ideally suited.
The information we got beforehand from Irish Tourism was very extensive and informative. It was a great help by the planning of our cartrips in Kilkenny and Killarney.
In a word: nothing than praise.
We surely come back to Ireland, because there is still a lot to see and do.
And when we do, we will certainly use the assistance of Irish Tourism.
Wim Vervoort, Netherlands