Offaly pottery company fired up for anniversary Crafts and Design Fair

Shannonbridge Pottery all set for event in Cork

Offaly pottery company fired up for anniversary Crafts and Design Fair

The Offaly company behind novel Irish Sayings mugs with endearing messages such as ‘Cute Hoors’ and ‘Eejit’ will be showcased at the 25th City Hall Crafts and Design Fair in Cork from November 24-27.

Shannonbridge Pottery from West Offaly is a family-run business, which has been making pottery for both domestic and commercial use since 1995.

Owned and run by Charles Hoysted and his son Karl, they specialise in a full range of anniversary and personalised products to suit everyone’s pocket and taste – traditional, contemporary, quirky, personalised and farmyard style.

As well as their personalised products such as Tea time in Kilkenny cups; signposted to Donegal mugs or Away with the Fairies coffee holders, Shannonbridge Pottery will be showcasing their new chintz design collections such as the Funky Hen, Riding Hood and Owly Fowly ranges.

This year’s 25th Anniversary Fair promises to be a bumper celebration of an event that traditionally heralds the start of the Christmas season in Cork.

Over €150,000 per day will be spent at the biggest crafts fair outside Dublin, which will feature over 60 of the best contemporary crafts and artisan food producers from all over Ireland.

Fairgoers in search of an original Christmas idea can be guaranteed a haven of quality wares both for gifts and the home this festival season.

“The City Hall Crafts and Design Fair gives people the ideal chance to secure original and unique Christmas presents in a wonderful setting,” said Festival organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.

“Shoppers will find a wide range of crafts, artisan-made goods, food and drink, designer handcrafted outfits and accessories at the Fair.

“This year we have a lot of new content with many first-time exhibitors showcasing the best of new crafts and food from around the country.”

Among the range of exhibitors showcasing individual and original pieces this year will be Cobh artist and jeweller Barbara Hall, Wexford’s bespoke hardwood furniture designers Bevel Furniture and award-winning jewellery creator Blaithin Ennis, Tipperary artisan food producer Florrie Purcell, and West Cork artist Annabel Langrish.

Julie and Owen McLoughlin of Jando Design have created a range of prints specially for the City Hall Crafts Fair which will feature some favourite local landmarks such as Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse and Cork City Gaol.

The 25th City Hall Crafts and Design Fair takes place at the City Hall, Cork from November 24-27. Full details and booking can be found at

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