Local art and food to take national spotlight at Gifted

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Bridgetown-based Simone Walsh

Wexford’s vibrant art and phenomenal food products will combine to ensure the Model County is in the national spotlight at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

Bridgetown-based Simone Walsh will be launching her new range of prints ‘Simply Simone’ at Gifted as well as her new 100% exclusive silk scarves which are limited to 15 of each design and feature her art work.

Simone returned to Ireland from New Zealand in 2000 to establish herself as an artist, and her career took off almost immediately.

“My background is in graphic design and illustration, but I wanted to advance into painting,” said Simone. “I began by showing my paintings on St Stephen’s Green at the Peoples’ Art Exhibition and they sold immediately.

bright and vibrant and have an Irish nostalgia vibe

“My prints are 100% Irish. They are bright and vibrant and have an Irish nostalgia vibe.

The award-winning O’Neill’s Dry Cure Bacon, Ferns, are expecting to see their famed Christmas selection box fly out the door at Gifted.

Established in 2004 to provide an alternative to bacon loaded with water and laced with phosphates, O’Neill’s is a south-east success story.

“Our seletion box is ideal for gifting and useful and practical over the festive season,” said Mary O’Neill.

Michael and Anne Wildes from Gorey will showcase their famed Tara Hill Raw Irish Honey products, including raw Irish heather honey, ivy and blossom honey, natural beeswax candles and beeswax food wraps. They also provide one-on-one training and group visits to their apiary.

And Clodagh Davis from Enniscorthy of Naturally Cordial will again bring her award winning whole fruit drinks, made to a traditional recipe.

Celebrating the best in contemporary Irish design and artisan food, Gifted at the RDS is home to over 500 stands packed with original gifts.

Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 4-8 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie

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