New Design Ireland store launches at Dublin Airport

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Multi-award winning Irish jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman, whose designs are inspired by the natural beauty of twigs, leaves and feathers complemented by diamonds and gemstones is pictured with Anthony Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of The Loop’s parent company Aer Rianta International.

It’s now even easier to shop beautiful Irish craft and design with the brand new Design Ireland store in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport. The Loop at Dublin Airport is where you’ll find this brand new store. Open in time to attract visitors from around the world at this busy time of year, this new shop features the very best of Irish craft and design as presented by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland and The Loop.

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A beautiful art work by Martina Scott printed on Irish linen.

The new Design Ireland store at Terminal 2 Dublin Airport is a beautifully laid out shop featuring a carefully chosen selection of work by 24 Irish craft and design brands across jewellery, ceramics, gifts, accessories, clothing and wellness and is the perfect place to pick up Irish craft and design gifts while travelling.

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A pendant by one of Ireland's favourite jewellery designers - Martina Hamilton.

Readers of Stories on the Design Ireland website will be familiar with the quality and range of products within Design Ireland - an edited selection of more than 190 brands which are known for their high standards of design and manufacture. Twenty-four of these Design Ireland brands have now been chosen by The Loop to feature in the new store at Dublin Airport making it even easier to shop these Irish products.

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Candles and diffusers by Rathbornes 1488 - one of the oldest registered companies in the world.

“We are thrilled to open this new Design Ireland store in Terminal 2 which brings the very best of contemporary handcrafted Irish design products to an international audience,” says Anthony Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of The Loop’s parent company Aer Rianta International.

“The Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Dublin Airport have a very strong connection as both organisations contribute significantly to Ireland’s economic and cultural development, providing vital jobs across the country,” he continues.

“Dublin Airport is Ireland’s gateway to the world with tens of thousands of passengers travelling through Terminal 2 every day and the Design Ireland brands will have great exposure to a wide variety of different audiences every day,” he adds.

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Traditional in design, yet contemporary and cool, two designs by Hanna Hats of Donegal.

“Through this initiative Dublin Airport will become a true flagship for Irish design,” says Brian McGee, Market Development Director of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland. “Ireland’s design is recognised the world over for creativity, heritage, and craftsmanship. The talented designers that have been selected for this innovative store are living across the land, sustaining their communities and keeping our traditions alive.”

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Enibas is a jewellery brand with a loyal following due to its beautiful, thoughtful and affordable designs in silver and gold.

The new Design Ireland store in T2 features an array of products from 24 designers based across the country. The range includes jewellery designers Chupi from Dublin, Enibas from Cork and Martina Hamilton from Sligo. Fashion items can be found by Hanna Hats of Donegal, Emblem Weavers in Wexford, and Mourne Textiles in Co Down.

Visitors to the store will be able to purchase candles by Rathbornes 1488 who have been making candles in Dublin for over 500 years - the company is thought to be one of the oldest registered companies in the world.

Beautiful skincare and wellness products from Modern Botany based in Schull in Co. Cork are also to be found in the store alongside the work of textile artist Martina Scott who is based in Co. Louth and who makes beautiful limited-edition Irish linen prints.

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Mourne Textiles has decades of experience in creating beautiful, design-led, handmade products - from accessories to homewares.

“The Design Ireland programme provides support to some of the best Irish designers and makers, helping them to enhance their capabilities and opening up commercial opportunities to help them grow sales and employment,” continues Brian McGee.

Dublin Airport has collaborated with DCCI many times previously to deliver exciting Irish design and craft presentations at the airport including a design and craft exhibition in 2014 and a large-scale photographic exhibition celebrating the breadth of Irish creativity across the airport as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

“The new store is a perfect fit with Dublin Airport’s Sense of Place project which celebrates different aspects of Irish heritage at the airport to provide overseas passengers with a positive lasting impression of Ireland,” adds Anthony Kenny of Aer Rianta.

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A ring by Chupi. This award-winning brand is known for its organic influences and includes pieces inspired by twigs, leaves and feathers.

Dublin Airport has welcomed almost 28.4 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year, a 5% increase over the same period in 2018. Almost 1.4 million extra passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October. Dublin Airport has flights to 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by 50 airlines.

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Amazing Luxury Hamper by Modern Botany, Perfect Christmas gift idea.

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