Bus tour to showcase south Armagh’s art and crafts scene

August 11, 2014

As part of August Craft Month, south Armagh is holding its first ever Festival of Craft with a number of events taking place during this month.

This weekend a specially organized bus tour will offer visitors a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the diverse art and crafts scene throughout south Armagh.

The bus will depart from Ti Chulainn on Saturday 16th August at 11.00am, returning at 4.00pm.  Cost of the trip is £15 and will include lunch.

To book a place or for further information contact Mary Cowan on 0782 8569 235 or email

As one of the festival organisers, ceramicist Mary Cowan, described how the idea to bring together those involved came about.

“We thought it would be a good idea to meet up, have exhibitions and a space to sell our work.  We are also interested in education, developing the industry and bringing craft to the local community.

“We would like people to see that this is a wonder place to visit full of history, culture, art and craft.”

The Ring of Gullion Handcrafts and Art (Rogha) was formed earlier this year and includes, among others, painters, wood turners, ceramicists and glass artists, all living and working in the Ring of Gullion area.

Mary works from her studio in Dundalk, one of the places the studio bus tour will visit on Saturday.

The tour will also stop off at the home studio of wood turner Padraig Carragher and his painter wife, Sharon Donnelly in Mullaghbawn; along with Compass North Glass studio at Newtownhamilton where Tracey Crossan makes her beautiful fused glass art pieces; and the 300-year-old cottage studio on Slieve Gullion mountain from where Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon makes bespoke millinery and felted wear.

The Lunasa exhibition currently on show in the Ti Chulainn Cultural Activity Centre at Mullaghbawn features a range of work by some the area’s most talented craftsmen and women and will continue throughout the month.