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Kinvara Handcraft Co-op – 1968

Connacht Tribune 27th December, 1968 p.21 (abridged)

Connacht Tribune 24th September, 1971
Connacht Tribune 24th September, 1971

The Secretary of the Kinvara Handcrafts Society, Mr. Toddie Byrne, said last week that they now intend to launch out into crochet making.  Mrs. Michael Corless of The Square, Kinvara, is busy designing wool crochet dresses and caps.  Another product will be rush-work for which they’ve been inundated with offers from local women and women from neighbouring parishes.  Up to now, he said, they had decided not to deal with rush-work because of involvement in the making of Aran jumpers and cardigans.
At present they have over two hundred of these garments in stock.  Buyers from England have bought some of the local garments and a letter has been received by the Society from a housewife in England expressing appreciation of the workmanship, the pattern and potential market for these traditional garments.  A small consignment has been dispatched to America.  Negotiations are in progress for the purchase of a site for the construction of a display centre and offices in the town of Kinvara where a permanent staff will take charge of the daily affairs of the co-operative.  A special display of the hand-made garments will take place in early February in the town for the benefit of buyers from Canada who are expected to make a great impression on the sales of the fine garments.