From unique Irish gifts for teachers to stocking fillers, Monaghan makers have surpassed themselves this year, once again.
A thoughtful, one-off gift for a teacher or a secret Santa offering needn’t break the bank. Ulster Canal Stores in Clones has a handy selection of ‘gifts under €21’ which includes vibrant silk cards by Annyalla-based Louise Loughman. Meanwhile, prices for their impressive selection of Clones Lace start from just €8.50 for a keyring, €12 for a beautifully adorned lavender bag, and €15 for a hand-made brooch.
Textile artist Liz Christy has branched into stocking fillers with her quirky ‘LizzieC’ sheep gifts; the range includes hand-made magnets, broches and keyrings in a choice of vivid colour ways (and including county colous), with prices starting from €9 for a brooch.
Why not send a loved one greetings from Monaghan this Christmas? The Patrick Kavanagh Centre’s Christmas Eve Remembered card (€3 each) depicts a nostalgic scene outside the former church of St. Mary’s, now home to the award-winning visitor experience. The recently launched Patrick Kavanagh Centre greeting card collection by acclaimed local artist Kate Beagan, inspired by the poet in the context of the landscape where he grew up. The complete collection of 6 cards is €15.
Castleblayney artist Caoimhe Flanagan’s adorable animal-themed Christmas cards Caoimhe Flanagan’s adorable animal-themed Christmas cards are available to buy individually or in packs of five.
Carrickmacross Lace recently marked its 200th anniversary, and what better way to mark the occasion than adding a piece of the ‘royal lace’ to your Christmas tree ornament collection. Baubles are priced from €20, and come in a choice of designs, from traditional robins, snowflakes and angels, to shamrocks, harps and even a miniature map of Ireland, all hand-crafted little works of art.
Irish-made Christmas decorations unique to Monaghan also include King’s Forge Glass’s stunning fused glass tree ornaments , made by hand in Grace Brennan’s Mullyash studio. We especially love the festive firs and the colourful candle design; €20 for a set of three.
Give a unique Monaghan gift this Christmas and support local crafts businesses at the same time.