MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER

OPTIMISE DESIGN IRELAND
Here in Ireland we have thousands of crafts producers working away in workshops in urban and rural areas.  For many of these very talented people, getting their goods to a wider market is the challenge.  The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland have been running a series of workshops around Ireland to help these Crafts people to develop their online marketing skills.  We meet some of these at a class in Dublin and we see how the Internet is helping to bring Irish craft to a world wide market.

Website:   www.designireland.ie 

Website:  www.iedr.ie/optimise 

Website:  www.jenniferslattery.ie

Website:  www.brendanjoseph.ie


DUBLIN SILK SCARF DESIGNER/REPORT ANNE CASSIN
One of the Irish designers who has taken part in the Optimise programme is Susannagh Grogan.  Anne Cassin recently visited this award winning artist at her Dublin workshop where she designs in silk for both men and women. 

Contact:  Susannagh Grogan

Telephone:  +353 (01) 554 7271

Website:  www.susannaghgrogan.com

Email:  info@susannaghgrogan.com


CERAMIC ARTIST/REPORT HELEN MCINERNEY
Another designer who has participated in the Optimise programme is ceramicist Ruth Power.  Helen McInerney recently visited her at her home in Dublin.

Website:  www.danuceramics.ie

Email:  info@danuceramics.ie


MONAGHAN WHACKPACK FURNITURE/REPORT ANNE CASSIN
Among the craftspeople who have participated in the Optimise Programme is furniture maker Benny Magennis who runs Whackpack Furniture and Anne Cassin recently visited him at his home in County Monaghan. 

Website:  www.whackpackfurniture.com

Email:  hello@whackpackfurniture.com




WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

MARY ELMES/REPORT HELEN MCINERNEY
Mary Elmes is one of Ireland's unsung heroes.  A native of Cork and a Trinity graduate she is the only Irish person to receive the honour of Righteous Among the Nations for her role in saving so many children's lives during the Holocaust.  Reporter Helen McInerney has the story.




FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER

WOODFORD FURNACE FESTIVAL/REPORT MARY KENNEDY
During the Summer the people of Woodford in County Galway attracted visitors from all over the world for their very unusual Furnace festival.  As part of the programme of events they dig iron ore from the ground, and smelt it in homemade furnaces to make wrought iron, the first iron made in Ireland in 250 years.  While at the Festival Mary Kennedy takes a tour of the village of Woodford which recently won a most improved village award in the Tidy Towns competition.

Website:  www.woodfordgalway.com 

Website:  www.furnaceproject.org


TIPPERARY WOOD FARMER/REPORT NIALL MARTIN
All over Ireland there are small tree plantations sprouting up on small unused areas of farmland.  Recently we visited Matt Fogarty's tree plantation in Drominagh, Co. Tipperary to find out about the potential of growing trees as a crop.  Niall Martin visited Matt’s farm on his annual open day where he heard about the 100 plus varieties of trees planted on the Tipperary farm. 

Contact:  Matt Fogarty Tree Farm, Drominagh, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Telephone:  (067) 22053

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