|Bunratty Folk Park Store.|
The enticing visual merchandising came from the genius of Derek Dunphy from DDisplay ( he was such a perfectionist, I learnt so many ways of making a Sweater look amazing).
But the real thing, the actual thing that nearly brought me to tears ( it really did , I am not messing) was a conversation I had with the Head of Retail For the Shannon Group - Darren Smyth. It had been a long day, and he was standing at a point where he could see the entire store, and just remarked on how proud he was. Naturally I agreed, he should be proud, but it was not just the store that he was discussing, it was what was in it. Beautiful, professional, finely crafted Irish products, that could take their place in the world. Suzanna Kelly, our Head of Buying, lets just say, she has the magical touch. Right there in front of us was the love and dedication of generations of Irish Craft - Avoca, with their wonderful colourful throws, scarves , with generations of families working the mills, since 1723, a true labour of love. Foxford Woollen Mills, an industry that was born after the ravages of the Irish Famine, a Mill that save a small village from disappearing as so many others had, now a thriving business, still carrying on that wonderful tradition. And not just them, but the hopes and dreams of new Irish Designers, taking their place in the world., the quirky crafts from the Button Studio - the dream of Jane Walsh, an NCAD grad, who just loves buttons and who has throw this passion for art into creating the most adorable pictures you have ever seen:
|Button Studio at Bunratty Shop|
Now just in case, you can't get over to see us at the Shop ( seriously folk's what's keeping you, daily flights from Shannon Airport Transatlantic and European), you can see some of these wonderful things right here on the Shannon Heritage Online Gift Shop.
This is our new shop, we are so proud of it, we love it, we hope you do too.
Until the Next Time,
Stay Classy !
Orlagh, ECommerce Manager - Shannon Heritage Gift Shop Online.