Coming this summer: Irish Traditional Trades Fair 30-31 July, 2022

This is planned to be an annual event held at Ballylongford Mill in North Kerry.

The first Fair will be held over the weekend of 30-31 July, 2022 where Irish traditional trades and craftspeople from all over the country will talk about and demonstrate their work.

It’ll be a family friendly weekend with old fashioned fairground games for the kids, food and entertainment and lots of traditional crafts for sale.

There will be a wide variety of trades and crafts on display, from Longbow makers to Coppersmiths, Feltmakers to Musical Instrument makers, Basketmakers to Blacksmiths.

So far there are 26 different trades and craftspeople confirmed, and we hope to have more by the time of the Fair.

We are writing this blog post to tell you that Feltmakers Ireland hope to participate at this event, provided we have enough members that can commit to volunteer to demonstrate and help out. If you are interested in working with us to  give a good showing at this event, please contact us on hellofeltmakersireland@gmail.com

We also want to tell you that this is coming up if you would like to participate as an individual.

For more information on this event, please check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Irish-Traditional-Trades-Fair-102825278944300/

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Ballylongford Mill is a collection of early nineteenth century industrial buildings on two-thirds of an acre in the middle of the village of Ballylongford, which comprises the old working port of the village.

It includes the five storey Mill, originally built as a grain drying store in 1846, the Creamery and Famine Hospital which both appear on the 1851 map of the village, and a large buried eighteenth century boat dock in the centre of the site, which will be excavated and reinstated as a dock for wooden boats.

All of the buildings have been disused for a number of years, but work is about to start on the restoration of the buildings and walled yards which make up the old port of Ballylongford.