DCCoI AGM & Seminar 2019

Posted 20.05.19

DCCoI’s annual AGM will take place on June 11th, 2019. The seminar, Creative Livelihoods, is planned to coincide with the AGM and provide useful and relevant information to support the development of our member organisations.

Theme: ‘Creative Livelihoods’ - The Value of Craft in Communities


  • To highlight the value of the craft sector nationally
  • To outline models of business and social engagement that work in rural contexts
  • To raise awareness of international best practice in local contexts
  • To explore the type of supports needed for business to thrive in rural environments

Seminar Programme:

14.00 – 14.10   

Breege O’Donoghue, Chair, DCCoI


14.10 – 14.40

Harris Tweed
Lorna Mc Auley, CEO

The centrality of the Harris Tweed industry to life on the Island of Harris and the rejuvenation of the industry since 2000.

14.40 – 15.00

Tara Kennedy  

Exploring the potential for regeneration of Irish market Towns and villages and examining the role and opportunities for craft in this context.

15.00 – 15.20

Colin McCallion

Highlighting the potential for rurally based enterprises to trade in a global economy.

15.20 – 15.40

Chupi Sweetman

On-line brand building in 64 countries. The story of the development of Chupi’s business and brand through on-line and retail channels.

15.40 – 16.00

Criostal na Rinne
Eamonn Terry

The story of Criostal na Rinne’s development following Waterford Crystal’s closure

16.00 – 16.30

with speakers

Moderated Discussion: Padraig Casey, CEO Ballyhoura Development Company.

Type of supports needed for business to thrive in rural environments.

16.30 – 16.50


General questions from the floor.

16.50 – 17.00

Karen Hennessy, CEO, DCCoI

Closing Comments

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