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Crafted in Ireland: Made for Notre Dame

Irish craft makers set to take over Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

For one day only, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore will host Crafted in Ireland, showcasing traditional Irish crafts in the lead up to the 2020 Notre Dame game, taking place in Dublin.

In August of next year, Notre Dame and Navy will play their annual rivalry game in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. It’s an amazing experience for both teams and their respective fans to encounter the culture and craft of Ireland. The Crafted in Ireland store initiative will provide Notre Dame fans with a taster of what they can expect in Ireland in 2020.

The island of Ireland acts as a host to storytellers, artists, and craftspeople. On October 12, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore will display some of these creative works for a ‘Crafted in Ireland’ store event in which you can buy all sorts of individual pieces. From the bespoke tailoring of Hanna Hats, stunning signature pieces from Belleek, as well as inspiring gifts for the imagination from Wild Goose Designs, there is something for every lover of detailed, intricate handmade Irish craft.

Contemporary designs with an Irish twist will be available from companies like Solvar, along with the likes of JC Walsh bringing Connemara Marble to life in beautiful designs.

You can’t have a college football game without memorabilia! Trinity College Dublin will also be on-site for any game-goer wanting to be prepared for the Dublin trip next year, along with Traditional Craft who will be displaying their bespoke pieces.

As well as with college memorabilia, Trinity College Dublin will have exclusive Book of Kells merchandise available on the day. The Book of Kells is a historic magnificent manuscript that has been in the possession of Trinity College since 1661. Since 1953, the Book of Kells has been bound in four volumes with two of these volumes on display in Trinity College, Dublin.

All companies traveling to Notre Dame for the USC game are clients of Enterprise Ireland, the Irish State agency that partners with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate, and win export sales in global markets.

“We are delighted to support the Crafted in Ireland store initiative,” said Catie Riordan, VP Consumer Retail, Enterprise Ireland. “Notre Dame has been and continues to be a key partner to Irish retail companies. Each of the seven brands involved demonstrates the innovation and creativity of Irish companies in the retail industry.”

“The University of Notre Dame has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with both Enterprise Ireland and the many Irish companies participating in the “Crafted in Ireland” event,” said Tomi Gerhold, Director of Licensing, University of Notre Dame. “They help us celebrate the spirit of Notre Dame every day, and we are thrilled to have them on campus.  We look forward to a continued partnership in bringing authentic Irish products to the friends and family of Notre Dame.”

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