Ireland’s Year of Craft 2011 initiative has given a welcome boost to Ireland’s craft industry, and will help to sustain thousands of jobs in the sector into the future, according to the Crafts Council of Ireland.
In an end of Year of Craft 2011 statement, the Crafts Council of Ireland chief executive Karen Hennessy said the special year, which promoted and celebrated the outstanding talents of craftspeople living and working throughout the island of Ireland, has left a legacy that will help to develop the economically vibrant craft sector.
“Research conducted by Indecon estimates that the craft industry contributes almost €500 million to the Irish economy and employs over 5,700 people. The overall aim of our Year of Craft initiative has been to promote Irish craft in order to sustain and grow this economically significant sector.
“Through Year of Craft 2011 initiatives, Irish craft has seen an increased presence in retail outlets all over Ireland. While it is too early for precise figures, many retailers have been reporting increased sales of Irish craft, especially in the run up to Christmas with customers specifically seeking out Irish designed and made craft. This support from consumers is invaluable in helping craft businesses survive and expand during these economically challenging times,” said Ms Hennessy.
Further information on the Year of Craft 2011 programme is available at www.craftinireland.com