Award Winners Announced at Showcase 2022 with Molloy and sons Winning Overall Best Product
Winner of Overall Best Product Award – Molloy and Sons
Best Product Category Winners:
- Showcase Best Product – FASHION: Irish Linen Shirt
- Showcase Best Product – HOME: Cushendale
- Showcase Best Product – GIFT: Snugibabog Knitwear
- Showcase Best Product – JEWELLERY: Lynsey De Burca
Other Showcase Award Winners:
- Design & Crafts Council Ireland Award – Úna Burke
- Local Enterprise Showcase Award – Tidings
- Sustainability Award – Badly Made Books
Winners of the annual Showcase Awards were announced at Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo®, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin until Wednesday, 2nd of March. Showcase 2022 was officially opened on Sunday, 27th of February by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D.
The annual show has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting buyers from Ireland and overseas, including UK, USA, Mainland Europe and Asia, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers.
Showcase® is an international launch pad for the 318 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who will be unveiling their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware during the four-day event. A particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.
Mary Palmer, Chair of Showcase®, says:
"Showcase® marks one of the most important events in the design and crafts sector’s calendar. For many, this is their first trade show of the year, a chance to launch their new collections and secure orders for the year ahead. Attracting buyers from Ireland and around the world, Showcase’s strength lies in its unique identity and high quality display of Irish design and crafts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in Showcase 2022, you are helping to support and grow our sector.”
BEST PRODUCT AWARDS
Exhibitors selected for the Showcase Best Product Awards 2022 were chosen by judges Brian McGee, AND Mary Palmer, DCCI and Lisa Cunningham from Dublin City Local Enterprise Office. The judges nominated the ‘Best Product’ in each of their categories and each category produced a Best Product Award and Highly Commended awards. The overall Best Product Award at Showcase 2022 was chosen by the Showcase judging panel.
The Overall Winner of the Showcase Best Product Award was Molloy and Sons.
FASHION: The Showcase Fashion Category award winner was Linen Shirt Company from Kilkenny. Highly commended in this category were Clare O’Connor from Meath, Lou Brennan from Mayo and Aran Woollen Mills from Mayo.
HOME: The Showcase Home Category award winner was Cushendale from Kilkenny. Highly commended in this category were Stephen Farnan from Antrim, Martina Scott from Louth and Copperfish from Wicklow.
GIFT: The Showcase Gift Category award winner was Snugibabog Knitwear from Dublin. Highly commended in this category were Helen Faulkner Ceramics from Dublin and Tipperary Crystal from Dublin.
JEWELLERY: The Showcase Jewellery Category award winner was Lynsey De Burca from Galway. Highly commended in this category were Rothlú from Mayo and Garrett Mallon from Louth.
Other Category Winners:
DESIGN & CRAFTS COUNCIL IRELAND AWARD: The winner of the Design & Crafts Council award was Úna Burke from Roscommon. Highly commended were The Irish Handmade Glass Company from Waterford and Anita Reynolds Art from Meath.
LOCAL ENTERPRISE SHOWCASE AWARD: The Local Enterprise Offices selected Tidings from Louth as the winner of the Local Enterprise Showcase Award. Highly commended were David Oliver Bespoke from Kilkenny, Kings Forge Glass from Monaghan and The Designer of Things from Cork.
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: The Sustainability Award which promotes innovative and sustainable development in craft, was won by Badly Made Books from Cork. Nunaïa from Tipperary and Kopper Kreation from Dublin were highly commended in this category.
Showcase 2022 runs until Wednesday 2nd March and is for trade attendance only. For further information, please visit www.showcaseireland.com.
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Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo® is one of the country’s largest international trade shows. The annual event is attended by over 4,000 buyers from across the world, including Ireland, the UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Asia, generating sales orders of over €20 million during the four days of the show. Showcase is presented on behalf of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas, and the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide. More than 300 Irish brands are exhibited at the fair, including emerging Irish businesses supported by their Local Enterprise Offices. Showcase is for trade attendance only.
About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland is the national agency for craft and design in Ireland, we support designers and makers to develop their businesses in a sustainable way, and advocate for the societal benefits of craft and design. DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 66 member organisations and over 3,500 registered clients.
About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
Local Enterprise Offices
The 31 Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support thousands of small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide. Since their establishment in 2014 they have been for the first stop shop for entrepreneurs and small businesses and providing a range of supports including financial, mentoring, training and sector specific expertise to help guide businesses at any stage of their development. For more information on the Local Enterprise Offices go to: www.LocalEnterprise.ie