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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.
My 17 yr. old son and I took this tour in June, 2008 and I would just like to tell you what a fabulous time it was. Not only was our tour of 22 people more personal and intimate as a group, but our driver/guide, Liam Murray, was wonderful. He added so much to the total package every day - all day and even into the evenings that I know we wouldn't have had the same experience with anyone else. What a wonderful man and what wonderful memories he gave us of Ireland!!
Katie Tallon, Youngstown OH