Craft in Ireland 1971 – 2015

Ireland has a long and rich history of craft throughout the ages. The World Crafts Council first travelled to Ireland in 1970 for their Annual General Assembly and this visit lead to the foundation of the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) in 1971.

2011 was designated as Year of Craft to celebrate CCoI's 40th anniversary and to bring you a year-long programme of activities and events across the island of Ireland in partnership with Craft Northern Ireland.

For further information on Year of Craft 2011 please see the Year of Craft 2011 Report.

Now trading as the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) with headquarters in Kilkenny, DCCI is the main champion of the craft and design industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness.

DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has over 70 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. Interested crafters and makers can register with DCCI here.

The main craft categories in Ireland are textile making and clothing, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, glass and woodworking and furniture. Irish craft and design businesses are characteristically small in scale and are geographically widespread, but taken nationally the industry is a significant employer, currently sustaining 5,700 jobs in this sector. Craft and design also provides viable, sustainable enterprises in all areas, including those isolated rural communities ignored as unsuitable by other manufacturing sectors.

Irish Design 2015
Irish Design 2015 is an initiative convened by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DDCl), in collaboration with partner organisations throughout the island of Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (DJEI), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Enterprise Ireland (IE). The overall objective of Irish Design 2015 is to sustain and grow employment opportunities, sales and export potential for the Irish design sector, by encouraging investment in design as a key component of competitiveness and innovation.

2015 saw the greatest single initiative ever undertaken around Irish design. Ambitious, wide-reaching and innovative, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) was a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish Design in just about every form. By focusing on Ireland’s design strengths, ID2015 aimed to hone our collective understanding of Irish design sensibilities, letting us continue to build our design identity together. ID2015 showcased the very best of Irish design; not just through signature events on the island of Ireland but also in prestigious partner venues in international capitals of design and commerce. For more information on Irish Design 2015 visit

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