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About this Sector

About this Sector

Please give an overview of your sector?

Ireland has a strong heritage in craft and design, for example the famous Kilkenny Design Workshops (learn more about KDW here. Our skills in creating are renowned worldwide. Irish craft and design are part of the 'creative industries', a sector which is growing rapidily Read more here. Craft and design’s contribution is both economic, social and cultural. It is about growing new innovative businesses and cherishing our rich heritage.

Currently the Design Crafts Council of Ireland, (DCCoI), has a over 2,500 Registered Client Enterprises. Updating of these figures is ongoing to keep current with the active client enterprises on our register.

Key craft and design disciplines in Ireland include:

  • woodworking and furniture making
  • fashion and textiles
  • glass
  • metalworking
  • jewellery
  • goldsmithing 
  • ceramics

Learn more about the Craft and Design sector with these industry reports:

What is the size and scope of the sector?

The craft industry is estimated to be valued at €122M.

The range of activities includes design and production of craft for retail and wholesale markets; for gallery exhibitions and collectors and craft education and training.

DCCoI are currently conducting a comprehensive survey of the craft industry and findings will be posted on this site when they become available.

What are the current issues affecting this sector?

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s current strategy is focused on: 

  • Developing the market for Irish craft and design 
  • Developing the knowledge and skills for emerging and existing craftmakers
  • Raising awareness, understanding and appreciation of Irish craft and design
  • Supporting membership organisations in the development of the sector
  • Developing innovation, enterprise and design capability

Year of Irish Design 2015

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) was the start of a job creation journey exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers through events and activities on the island of Ireland and internationally.

What changes are anticipated over the next 5 years

Innovation in design of products and production methods is likely to continue to play an important role in the development of the Irish craft industry. The sector is likely to continue to experience competition from imported goods therefore product marketing and particular branding for Irish craft will be critical.

Do you have any statistics relevant to the sector?

DCCoI are currently conducting an industry survey of the craft sector and findings will be posted on this site as soon as they become available.

Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?

There are certain areas within the craft sector that may experience skills shortages in coming years due to the lack of training courses available in Ireland. 

There are a number of craft disciplines that are no longer taught through an apprentice type structure and costs for equipment and materials for certain crafts mean they are no longer offered through our further education or third level institutions.