Fethard Art & Craft Walk - a welcome shopwindow for local talent

JEDDY WALSH

Reporter:

JEDDY WALSH

Marie O'Hara (nee Hanrahan) project leader of the Fethard Art and Craft Walk, working on the window display at the Crafty Arts Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from 11.30am to 1.30pm, and will run up to August 30.
Following on from last weekend’s sun-drenched and successful Medieval Festival, Fethard still has another attraction that will remain running right throughout the summer months.

Following on from last weekend’s sun-drenched and successful Medieval Festival, Fethard still has another attraction that will remain running right throughout the summer months.

The town is this year hosting an Art & Craft Walk which enterprisingly makes use of unused and unoccupied shopfront windows for local artisan crafts to display samples of their workmanship.

The programme is running right through the summer from 3rd June to 30th August with the shopfront windows of the town’s Main Street a literal shopwindow for all local talented craftspeople to showcase their work.

Ever hardworking Marie O’Hara is the project leader and her experience of launching a number of events for the HSE, National Housing Association and Community Development Projects in the past has been advantageous to her in organising this programme from the 
bottom up.

Marie submitted a detailed proposal to the local community council, and following approval has been working tirelessly to see it through to fruition. In an encouraging way Tipperary County Council have agreed to waive the commercial rates in the window display buildings under certain strict conditions.

Approximately 30 art and craftspeople from the locale are participating in the Art & Craft Walk, taking full advantage of this innovative platform to display their original unique work. It is hoped that the community and visitors will enjoy the walkabout provided for their pleasure in Fethard town.

Orders on a commission basis can be taken by any of the participants should anyone wish to have a piece of art or craft. From Silver/Gold Design, Art, Lace, Photography, Tapestry, Reedword, Ironwork, Hurleys, Wood Sculpture, Porcelain, Knitting, Cards, Jewellery, Woodcraft, Pyro Wood Design, Candles. There is something there for everyone’s taste and palate.

Because this project is a self-sufficient one, Marie points out that “a patron or a sponsor with an interest in Art or Craft would be a major asset to the project” and appeals to anyone in a position to assist to contact her.

Finally Marie would also like to sincerely thank the very many people and groups who have made this concept a reality and in particular the Fethard and Killusty Community Council for covering insurance costs and also making a generous donation.

So why not pay a visit to the walled medieval town of Fethard over the summer months to see and appreciate the amazing crafts on offer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.