Well 2017 was certainly a whirlwind for Celtic Fairy Doors, and we couldn’t be happier. 2017 was certainly our year, and it’s only now while taking a minute to recap that I actually realise how many wonderful things happened this year and how much our business has changed in such a short time. When we visited Showcase at the RDS last January we didn’t imagine that we would be exhibiting there just 12 short months later, yet here we are just a week away from our biggest trade show to date.
We were thrilled when we were awarded a wonderful photo shoot by the fabulous Julia Dunin courtesy of Creative Edge. These fabulous photo’s have been used throughout the year in our marketing and promotional materials.
2017 was the year we put our name on the map, early in the year we were lucky enough to be awarded a silver in the Bank Of Ireland Start up awards. We have gone from small craft fairs and markets to supplying a selection of shops across the country and taking part in some of the larger craft fairs, aknd met some wonderful people along the way. At Ennis Bank Of Ireland enterprise town Tony met the absolute legend that is Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the Irish Gaelic games commentator for Irish national radio and television. Tony also managed to make me green with envy by meeting and chatting with John Burke the first Clare man to reach the summit of Everest, and anyone who knows me knows I have an armchair fascination with mountain climbing.
One of the highlights of the year was attending Kirstie Allsopps Handmade Fair in Hampton Court in London, it was such a amazing experience and such a fun event. We met some wonderful people and enjoyed every second of it, Kirstie Allsopp stopped by the stand and spoke to me about our fairy doors, especially thinking the fairy houses were wonderfully unique.
We took part in so many wonderful events during the year its impossible to list them or the fabulous people that kept us sane. Our success is in part due to the wonderful support offered to us from our fantastic fellow stall holders at Chapel Lane Market in Ennis, it is them that have encouraged us, and helped to push us forward whilst always being there with coffee and cake when energy levels dipped… so to all of you thank you.Finally the year finished with what was certainly the highlight of Tony’s year when he got to meet Olaf, at the final Christmas Market of the year at the West County Hotel in Ennis.
So finally whilst taking nothing for granted we are looking forward to 2018 and seeing what wonderful things await us. Starting with Showcase in a weeks time. So Happy New Year and here’s a shout to 2018.