Celebrating the Best of Creativity and Festive Cheer at Richmond Barracks Christmas Fair
Published on 23rd November 2022
To help people prepare for a happy Festive season, Richmond Barracks in Inchicore will host a Christmas Fair on the 26th and 27th of November from 11am – 5pm, where you can enjoy a feast of seasonal food, crafts, clothing, design, gift ideas and art.
Admission is FREE. There will be over 30 stalls offering expertly crafted and unique products made by local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and delicious locally made food. Visitors of all ages will have the chance to take part in one of the Christmas themed drop-in creative workshops for all ages.
Drop in and browse stalls from local businesses, craftspeople and artists, with lots of unique gifts and Christmas things to buy. Or try something new at the various family friendly workshops for all ages and enjoy the festive music, hot drinks and treats. The fair has workshops to attend, entertainment to enjoy, food to feast on and a great variety of items from local vendors to purchase including clothing, crafts, design, food and drink, gift ideas and art.
Entertainment will be provided by local school choirs, community musical groups and bands including The Mercy School choir from Inchicore, the Griffith Barracks Primary School choir and the St. James’s Brass and Reed Band, considered Ireland’s oldest band.
Iseult Byrne, CEO of Dublin City Council Culture Company, commented, “Richmond Barracks is a cornerstone of the community in Inchicore. The Christmas Fair is the perfect reason to visit this fantastic building, take part in some drop in workshops, buy something for the home or a gift, and learn about all the things you can do at Richmond Barracks when you return to see us again. We’re delighted to welcome social enterprises, small businesses and traders from the local areas around Dublin 8, 10, 12 and 24 and in some cases introduce them to new customers or participants. There will be a warm welcome for everyone.”
There will also be tasty treats to eat and drink from two social enterprises, the award-winning FoodCloud Kitchen and The Mug Shot Café. Also feeding the crowds will be Revolution Farm and Kitchen and JDR Coffee serving locally roasted speciality coffee, delicious pastries and homemade banana breads.
November’s Christmas Fair at Richmond Barracks highlights food, design and crafting and is the third in a series of fairs during 2022/23 by Dublin City Council Culture Company (which runs Richmond Barracks) and supported by Dublin South City Partnership with Kilmainham Inchicore Network.
These quarterly fairs showcase the quality and creativity of the small businesses, craftspeople, makers and social enterprises abundant in the local area, as well as promoting culture, creativity and conversation. Many of the businesses showcasing their products and services are supported by Dublin South City Partnerships.
Visitors can also find out what’s coming up in the Richmond Barracks Culture Connects programme for all ages, including crafts, dance, gardening, local history, storytelling and singing.
Details of all stalls, workshops, entertainment and showcases are available at https://www.richmondbarracks.ie/whats-on/christmas-fair-2022/
****Photo 1: Richmond Barracks Christmas Fair Local Vendors
Photo 2: D8Makers Eileen, Chloe and Rachel****
Notes to the Editor
D8Makers - three local Dublin 8 makers, Eileen, Chloe and Rachel present a curated collection of decorations, hand printed cushions and small felt gift ideas.
Enagh Illustration - A local illustrator, Enagh Farrell presents archival prints, original art, eco-friendly greeting cards and festive decorations inspired by the magic in nature.
Blue Bridge House - A textile studio based in Dublin 8. Laura works from a carefully selected range of natural fibres such as organic cotton, linen, hemp or up-cycled fabrics to create unique handmade ethical collections of homeware and accessories with a sustainable ethos.
Be Alice - Alice Brady has her beautifully designed seasonal themed hand-embroidery for sale, including starting kits for those who wish to learn.
Designer Nikki Collier will be selling scarves and hats to keep you wrapped up and warm for winter.
House of Dapper Ireland - Victoria is an Irish crafter specialising in LGBTQIA+ merchandise, selling masks, jewellery, rings, pendants and t-shirts.
The Cupcake Bloke - well known for creating tasty bakes with both conventional and unusual flavour combinations, using traditional Irish recipes as inspiration, Graham will be selling funky, fresh and fabulous cupcakes and cakes.
Roth na Bliana / Circle of the Year - Dublin’s Historian-in-Residence for Children Dervilia Roche and Richmond Barracks eco-gardener-in-residence Polly Rowley-Sams present a free, interactive workshop for children aged 9 - 12. They will explore the history of the winter solstice, learn about other dates in the old Irish calendar, and create a special version of a Christmas wreath that represents the cycle of the year. (Saturday, 11am, FREE.)
Sing for Fun Christmas Singalong - join choir leader, conductor and musician Michael McCartan as he leads the Sing for Fun workshop at this group singalong. You don't have to know all the words, you don't even have to be able to sing! Open to all ages and abilities. (Saturday, 2pm, FREE.)
Make your own Christmas tree decorations using recycled and other materials - join artist Ailbhe Barrett for some crafty Christmas fun. Suitable for children aged 4 and up. (Sunday, 11am, FREE.)
Christmas Upcycling Workshop with Change Clothes Crumlin. Join Dublin 12’s new clothing reuse hub for a lesson in upcycling to turn your top from basic to festive bling! (Sunday, 11.30am, FREE.)
Christmas Felt Workshop with Niki -Transform wool into a beautiful Christmas bauble! Join award winning artist Niki Collier for this Christmas felt making workshop. Suitable for adults and children aged 4 and up. (Saturday and Sunday, 1pm, FREE.)
Biodiversity Walking Tours: Join Richmond Barracks resident eco-gardener Polly Rowley-Sams to explore the biodiversity of Inchicore and the surprising flora and fauna found within it. This tour has been developed in collaboration with local environmental groups and highlights the important role we can all play in supporting biodiversity locally. (Saturday 3pm, Sunday 12pm. €5.00.)
Food & Drink Vendors
The Mug Shot Café is a boutique coffee company helping people exiting prison. They are a social enterprise focused on supporting people and believing that we all deserve a fresh start when we need one.
The FoodCloud Kitchen uses excess surplus food from the FoodCloud Hubs that would otherwise go to waste as ingredients to prepare a delicious food offering to citizens, community organisations and corporate partners at festivals, events or special occasions. Not only do they serve delicious food that helps save the planet, but it comes with a generous side of social impact as all profits go back into FoodCloud’s core activity of redistributing surplus food to over 600 community and voluntary organisations across Ireland.