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Design Ireland Store Opens At Dublin Airport To Showcase The Best Of Irish Design

The Loop at Dublin Airport has opened a new store to showcase the best of Ireland’s design and crafts to consumers travelling all over the world.

The new Design Ireland store at Terminal 2 features a specially selected collection of work by 24 Irish design and craft brands, showcasing the best of Irish creativity to passengers from all over the world. It features a range of beautifully crafted products designed and made in Ireland across categories such as jewellery, ceramics, gifts, wellness, accessories and clothing.

Design Ireland, presented by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), is a consumer-facing premium brand that features more than 190 individual brands selected by an independent jury for their high standards of both design and manufacture. Twenty-four of these brands have been chosen by The Loop to feature in the new store.

“We are thrilled to open this new Design Ireland store in Terminal 2 which brings the very best of contemporary handcrafted Irish design products to an international audience,” said Anthony Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of The Loop’s parent company Aer Rianta International.

“Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Dublin Airport have a very strong connection as both organisations contribute significantly to Ireland’s economic and cultural development, providing vital jobs across the country,” according to Mr Kenny.
“Dublin Airport is Ireland’s gateway to the world with tens of thousands of passengers travelling through Terminal 2 every day and the Design Ireland brands will have great exposure to a wide variety of different audiences every day,” he added.

“Through this initiative Dublin Airport will become a true flagship for Irish design,” said Brian McGee, Market Development Director of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland. “Ireland’s design is recognised the world over for creativity, heritage, and craftsmanship. The talented designers that have been selected for this innovative store are living across the land, sustaining their communities and keeping our traditions alive.”

The new store in T2 features an array of products from 24 designers based across the country. The range includes jewellery designers Chupi from Dublin, ENIBAS from Cork and Martina Hamilton from Sligo, and fashion items from Hanna Hats of Donegal, Emblem Weavers in Wexford, and Mourne Textiles in Co Down.

Other products featured in the store include candles made from all-natural ingredients from the world’s oldest candle company Rathbornes Candles, which was established in Dublin in 1488, skincare and wellness products from Modern Botany, which is based in Schull in Cork and textile artist Martina Scott from Louth with her unique limited-edition Irish linen prints.

“The new store is a perfect fit with Dublin Airport’s Sense of Place project which celebrates different aspects of Irish heritage at the airport to provide overseas passengers with a positive lasting impression of Ireland,” Mr Kenny said.

Dublin Airport has welcomed almost 28.4 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year, a 5% increase over the same period in 2018. Almost 1.4 million extra passengers have travelled through the airport between January and October.

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ARI is one of the largest and most significant players in the Global Travel Retail Industry. It owns and manages duty-free and duty-paid retail outlets in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. From its pioneering beginnings when it opened the world’s first duty-free shop in Shannon Airport, Ireland in 1947, the group now employs over 4,000 people worldwide and has a managed turnover of more than $1 billion.

About Dublin Airport’s new Design Ireland Store
The Design Ireland® store at T2 is a new travel retail format operated by the Loop’s parent company Aer Rianta International, with the store name brand under licence by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI).
It features 24 Irish brands and will have a range that encompasses jewellery, crystal, candles, fashion, toys, prints, and skincare

Further information
Please contact Laura Toner, Global Head of Marketing, ltoner@ari.ie for questions. Imagery is available to download here: https://we.tl/t-D6RKekf0RQ

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