On Monday, 6th of November 2017, Truagh Development Association held the official launch of Tru Irish. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, came to launch the online initiative in the Blackwater Learning Centre. We invited members of the council, local politicians, our local crafters, members of the local community and the media to come and celebrate this exciting venture.
Our guests began to arrive from 12 o'clock where they were welcomed into the main hall where we had a selection of our craft work on display for everyone to see exactly what we were about. Pieces included Liz Christy scarves, Geraldine Gildernew cushions, Dernacoo Crafts' chopping boards & egg cup holders, Jack & Ann Scott's Alpaca wool, The Daisy Studio artwork, Busy Bee Ceramic pottery and Roberta Sturgeon knitwear.
We soon moved everyone to the meeting room for a presentation. Michael Treanor welcomed our guests and spoke about how the idea of Tru Irish came about. Next, Claire, the sales and marketing coordinator, spoke more in depth of what is involved in the Tru Irish project and what crafters we work with. Fiona, manager of the community services programme for Truagh Development Association, finished our presentation by linking in the importance of the craft industry especially important with Creative Ireland. She welcomed Minister Heather Humphreys to launch us where Heather highlighted the relevance of our local venture for the surrounding area and craft sector everywhere and indicated the importance of an online presence.
After all speeches, we brought everyone back to the main hall where a three course meal was catered for all by the staff of the Blackwater Learning Centre.
We want to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the launch of Tru Irish. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and we are all very excited as to see what the future may hold for Tru Irish.