Tuesday 21 May 2019

Glash Craft Group showcases its plentiful talents

Sheila Fitzgerald

As the IRD Duhallow Bealtaine Festival continues to celebrate creativity across its catchment area, last Friday the Glash Craft Group ladies stepped into the limelight at the IRD headquarters in Newmarket with a fabulous exhibition of their work - and also a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the group.

Following a lunch, the birthday cake was cut by Craft Teacher Marion O'Callaghan; Maura Walsh, CEO of IRD; and Eileen Hartnett who founded the group ten years ago.

"Congratulations to you all and well done," Maura Walsh said. 

"Along with all the wonderful crafts you are producing, the significant bonding and support you offer each other is an added bonus to you all." 

She further commended the group, saying that the small community at Glash continues to achieve so much. 

In reply, Eileen Hartnett thanked Marion O' Callaghan for leading the classes and thanked the IRD for supporting the project over the past decade. 

In addition, she paid tribute to the Glash School Committee and also thanked John O'Riordan for his continuous help in looking after the Community Centre. 

"This is much more than a Craft Class; we meet all these lovely people and you always have somebody to talk to" Eileen said.

Charleville native and Craft Teacher Marion O'Callaghan recalled how she met Eileen Hartnett at Charleville Show in 2008. Eileen subsequently attended Marion's classes in Mallow and then approached her about setting up a weekly class at Glash.

Fast forward ten years, and the group has advanced to the point of producing the fabulous display of knitwear, patchwork, crochet, art works and soft furnishings they can be justifiably proud of at their exhibition last Friday.