Keeping the business in the family is the secret to success at the Creative Showcase

Keeping the family business going is good and if you have heritage roots, and they span generations, even better again.

Eritage brands Molloy and Sons from Ardara, Co Donegal and Cushendale Woolen Mills from Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, are two of the main winners at Showcase, the innovative exhibition that opened at RDS yesterday and runs until Wednesday.

Kieran Molloy was on hand to receive the Overall Best Product Award for diamond textiles woven in a family mill in Co Donegal using locally dyed and spun yarn. He is the sixth generation of his people in the textile business in Donegal.

The father-son duo, Molloy & Sons, founded by Kieran and his father, Shaun, in 2011, has attracted a lot of interest from fashion brands and houses for their Donegal tweed. men’s clothing, with customers in the US, Japan, Italy, Korea and China.

Meanwhile Cushendale, whose legacy goes back to 1778, won Showcase’s Best Home Products category for its yarn, sheep’s and Irish wool products.

Six generations of the Cushen family have been crafting high-end textiles in Graiguenamanagh for over 240 years and award-winning Miriam Cushen.

Anneliese Duffy, founder of the Co Kilkenny Linen Shirt Company, won the coveted Best of Fashion with a line made from locally woven and sustainably Irish linen.

She belongs to the third generation fashion designer who grew up in the clothing business, designing everything from communion gowns to christening gowns.

She was cheered by Lou Brennan from Co Mayo, a friend from college who also won the top prize in the fashion category.

Two in Ms Brennan’s scarves with delicate Irish lace designs have been transformed into a dress by stylist Roxanne Parker to dress up the showcase.

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Going into the mix are Dakidaki Design earrings, jade jewelry by Aria V, and long buttoned gloves from the George Horn glove company that has operated in Dublin since 1943.

Standout details include the Una Burke’s Shield crossbody bag, belt, and cuffs, all crafted from full-grain cowhide, sustainably produced vegan tanning in Italy.

Ms. Burke was named the winner of the Irish Craft and Design Council Award at the Showcase yesterday.

She lives with her husband and young son in her hometown of Knockvicar, Co Roscommon, after many years working in London. The leather craftsman has an international fan club for his sculptures. Clients include Rihanna and Lady Gaga, and her works have appeared in films like Hunger game franchises and hit sci-fi series Star Trek: Discovery.

The Sustainability Award, which promotes sustainability and creativity in craft, was presented to Badly Made Books from Cork. Nunaia from Tipperary and Kopper Kreation from Dublin were highly rated.

The gift category award was given to The knitwear Snugí Babóg from Dublin and the jewelery category were from Lynsey de Burca. Galway. Keeping the business in the family is the secret to success at the Creative Showcase

Fry Electronics Team

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