A small Kerry-based company has been selected to provide the crystal bowl that will be presented to President of the United States on St Patrick's Day.

Master craftsman Seán Daly, who runs Dingle Crystal, was specially commissioned by the Department of the Taoiseach to design and make the bowl.

Hours of effort have gone into the composition and creation of the intricate design, which draws inspiration from the beehive huts in the early Christian monastery of Sceilg Mhichíl.

The bowl was mouth-blown, hand-cut and hand polished before being engraved.

Mr Daly, who is celebrating 50 years in the craft, was 15 when he walked in the gates of Waterford Crystal as an apprentice.

He said the invitation to provide a bowl for the St Patrick’s Day presentation is the highlight of his career.

He has also been invited to attend the prestigious event at the White House on Friday.

"I received an invitation last Thursday from Secretary of the President of the United States to attend the White House on St Patrick’s Day. I’m so looking forward to that.

"I guess that’s the highlight of my life, to be there watching An Taoiseach present something that I created to the President of the United States. I can’t believe it," said Mr Daly.

The shamrock presentation is a big part of St Patrick's Day festivities in the US (File pic)

Dingle Crystal was established in the Kerry Gaeltacht 24 years ago and currently employs ten people. Up to 90% of the crystal made in the workshop is sold abroad.

Mr Daly said: "This is a huge opportunity for us. Images of that bowl will be beamed across America and around the world.

"The American market is extremely important for us. The growth in whiskey sales in recent years has seen huge demand for crystal whiskey glasses for example.

"For a small company like ours in the west of Ireland to get an opportunity like this is massive."

The shamrock that the bowl will hold has been produced by another company from the Kerry Gaeltacht.

Dónal Ó Liatháin, a regional manager in the business development agency, Údarás na Gaeltachta, said the selection of Gaeltacht companies for such a significant event reflects the high standards

"It’s great for Gaeltacht companies. I think it gives a global platform to these Gaeltacht companies and clearly illustrates the respect and appreciation of craftsmanship producing high-quality products in these areas," he said.

"I think it also creates sense of pride and a link between the Gaeltacht, Ireland, America and the wider Gaeltacht diaspora around the world," he added.

Shamrock grower Joe Ó Siochrú

Based in Baile an Sceilg, Irish Plant International has been providing shamrock for the special occasion for the last 28 years.

Joe Ó Siochrú said it is an honour for the hard-working team in the glasshouses.

"I think George Bush Senior was the first fella and we’ve been sending it over ever since," he said.

"Clinton, Obama, Trump and all of them. It’s gone away now in a diplomatic bag. It’s nice to think we’re sending a piece of south Kerry to such an important place."