Statement on behalf of DCCI regarding Change in Ownership Structure of Showcase in 2021

Posted 19.01.20

Statement on behalf of Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Re: Change in Ownership Structure of Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo® in 2021

19 January 2020: Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) has announced that a subsidiary of its organisation, Showcase Design & Crafts Fair CLG, will take full ownership of Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo® commencing with the event in 2021. The new company will be Chaired by DCCI Board member, Eddie Shanahan.

Stephen Hughes (Enterprise Ireland), Donagh Quigley (Board member DCCI), Rachel Quinn (Board member DCCI) and Patrick McHugh(digital specialist) have also been appointed to the Board of the new entity. Mary Blanchfield (Head of Operations, DCCI) takes up the position of Company Secretary.

Event Pro has successfully tendered to deliver the operational aspects of the event and will work seamlessly with the new company to deliver and develop Showcase to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Eddie Shanahan joined the Board of DCCI in 2018 and was subsequently appointed Chair of its Commercialisation Sub-Committee. In a career that spans over 40 years, he holds significant expertise in the craft, design and retail sectors. He is also Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers and a member of the National Design Forum.

Speaking about the change in ownership Eddie said, “We will creatively build on the success of Showcase to date and continue to develop its relevance in a changing marketplace. We look forward to working in close partnership with Enterprise Ireland, our embassy and consular networks, the RDS and our exhibitors to promote Showcase as a unique source of innovative, quality and sustainable Irish products and collections with international appeal.

Inspired by our heritage and tradition of craftsmanship, we will promote our design capability in a way that reflects contemporary lifestyle and adds value to Ireland’s economy. We will also continue to develop our digital capabilities.

On behalf of DCCI I would like particularly to thank Gerry Murphy for his advice, support and significant partnership in delivering Showcase over many years.


For further information contact:

Astrid Brennan at

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