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RDS Craft Winners 2017


Congratulations to Gintaras Malinauskas and Alan Meredith on the winning the RDS Crafts Awards Woodturning categories.
Gintaras Established Maker Award and Alan Emerging Maker and Irish Woodturners' Guild Award.
Both are members of the Midlands Chapter .

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RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14


Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.

The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.

With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 9-13. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.

For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit

RDS Craft Awards
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Evan Petty RIP


The IWG were greatly saddened by passing of our former president Evan Petty on 15th May 2017.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, our sincere condolences to Evan's wife Pauline and all of Evan's family.

Please see for funeral arrangements.

Evan Petty
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National Seminar 2017


The section of our website for the National Seminar has now been launched. You can click the Seminar link above to find our demonstrator details, accommodation, online booking and much more.

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Spring Journal Update


Please note that issue 80 of the Journal of the Irish Woodturners' Guild has been delayed and is now expected to be with members in during June.

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Liam Flynn RIP


The IWG were greatly saddened to hear of the death of our woodturning friend Liam Flynn from Abbeyfeale, Limerick.

Liam passed away suddenly on the 8 April 2017 and will be greatly missed by all in the IWG.

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