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Tour Highlights

Dublin: Both the largest city and capital of Ireland Dublin

has hundreds of historic buildings including Dublin Castle which was the seat of government in Ireland until 1922, and the imposing Christchurch Cathedral which was founded around 1028. The Temple Bar area boasts a dazzling choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to suit all tastes and pockets, all within easy walking distance of many interesting cultural centres and galleries.

Woollinn Ireland's Festival of Yarn

is organised and run by Lisa, Jacqui, and Jenny, and are also the team behind This is Knit a yarn shop in Dublin City Centre. This two-day event gives you the chance to meet some of the leading knitting and craft designers in Ireland and get workshops, demonstrations and social get-togethers that will give you the chance to make friends for life.

Glendalough Glendalough “the glen of the two lakes” is a truly spellbinding place - an ancient monastic settlement and

two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley, which was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. The monastic settlement has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Kevin is thought to have come from the more fertile lands of County Kildare and like many other men of sanctity in early times, desired solitude for his life of prayer and contemplation. Thus he withdrew into the thinly peopled mountains and set up his hermitage at Glendalough. It is said that Kevin lived as a hermit sleeping in a cave - St. Kevin's Bed - overlooking the Upper Lake.

Carrickmacross Lace dates back to the 1820’s, and tours of the Lace Gallery delve into its history. Carrickmacross Lace Gallery is located in the heart of the picturesque Monaghan town of Carrickmacross, from which this exquisite lace gets its name.

On display are contemporary designs alongside more traditional Irish pieces, from small souvenir gifts to large commissioned pieces. Demonstrations are available by skilled crafts people.

Knitting Workshop with Edel MacBride of Knitfield.

An established designer and knitter Edel MacBride brings a love of textile, craft and a deep connection to cultural tradition to her collections. Edel is passionate about wool, especially local and Irish spun products. She produces patterns and runs inspirational skills workshops under her brand KNITFIELD.

City of Derry / Londonderry find Derry, also called Londonderry, to be a multi-layered experience that takes in all periods of its tumultuous history and vibrant present.

Ancient and modern sights sit alongside one another in harmony here - you can be sipping a cappuccino in the middle of a 21st-century shopping centre, and a few minutes later you can be standing beside a 1595 cannon on ancient ramparts looking over streets and buildings that have survived for centuries. Prosperity and peace have made this compact city one of the most memorable to visit in Ireland.

Slieve League Cliffs & Visitor Centre - Views from the Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal

are stunning and the visitor centre is full of local history and culture. These sea cliffs in Donegal rival the famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. They rise 609 meters above sea level and the views are stunning. The visitor centre is full of local history and culture and the gift shop stocks some locally made knitwear.

Carol Feller: Exclusive Knitting Class at Woollinn with Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches & Contemporary Irish Knits Carol has travelled the world teaching in yarn shops and fibre festivals, including Knit Nation in London, Edinburgh Yarn Festival and Unwind.

The classes she teaches cover a wide range of subjects from cables and chart reading, through garment shaping and customisation right through to short rows and colourwork.

Spinning and Tapestry Workshop: Áine Dunne Fine Art Tapestry Weaver works from her studio in Co. Louth on the east coast of Ireland.

She designs and weaves bespoke tapestry wall coverings for public and private clients. Áine also provides workshops in tapestry hand weaving and hand spinning. These workshops are tailored to suit the needs of participants. It is a truly enjoyable experience to sit in the quiet of the Boyne Valley and partake in this ancient hands-on creative process.

Old Mellifont Abbey in The Boyne Valley is located in Co Louth

The Boyne Valley is one of Ireland’s most historic regions. You will enjoy a guided tour of Old Mellifont Abbey the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh. In 1603 the famous Treaty of Mellifont was signed at Mellifont Abbey between the English Crown and Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.

Crafts of Ireland is located in the beautiful county of Cavan.

At Crafts of Ireland with Sandra, you will learn how to Crochet a traditional Irish Rose motif that often adorns Irish knitwear, see a spinning demonstration as well as a sock knitting demonstration on an antique sock knitting machine.

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