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The Finer Details

Last weekend Mum and I took a road trip to the Craft Granary in Cahir, Co. Tipperary who are currently showing the Crafts Council of Ireland's Seascapes Exhibition.  It was great to see the exhibition in a new setting.  It was previously shown at the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS in 2011. 

On entering Cahir town, it is the Granary building which catches the eye. The restored building was first constructed in the early 19th Century by Lord and Lady Cahir.  Lord Cahir was a Trustee of the Linen Industry and so a linen factory was established in the town.  By the mid 1840’s, linen manufacture had declined, due to a decrease in markets.  Corn milling and flour production became the trade of trend and this continued (along with other side projects) throughout the twentieth century until the building was gutted by a fire in 1985. 

Since it's restoration, the Granary displays some exemplary stonework and contributes much to the beauty and streetscape of the town.  Most appropriately, one half of this listed building now contains the South East Regional Craft Centre - the only one in this country to incorporate space for training, production and sale of crafts under one roof.

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