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The Craft Fair at Strandhill Show is one of the longest established country craft fairs in the region. Having begun its life under blue canvas awnings secured to the ancient stone walls of the Lisheen farmyard, it now flourishes in a huge marquee, providing colour, interest and entertainment whatever the weather.

With an emphasis on local talent, this year’s Craft Fair will have our usual mix of interesting crafts, traditional and new:

  • Breeogue Pottery and Callery Ceramics, known locally, nationally and internationally, have exhibited at every Craft Fair since 1998, and will come to Lisheen once again with their beautiful and ever-expanding range of hand-made ceramics and pottery.
  • A live demonstration of wood turning will show how Philip Mahon creates beautiful pieces from the original rough wood of special trees, as well as an artisan Philip is a great teacher, and adults and children alike love to watch chunks of wood become beautiful objects before their eyes.
  • Ciaran McHugh’s panoramic scenes will once again be on display.
  • Ursula Pilkington’s Bric-a-brac stall returns, bringing a world of wonderful things to be sifted and sorted through, her lovely and varied items of china & jewellery are great for gifts or just a treat for yourself!
  • The ever-popular craft of butter-making will be demonstrated by Violet Hunter and her family, who have attended all eighteen of our Craft Fairs to date. During the afternoon, Violet & Co. will turn cream into butter in wooden churns, and will serve samples on brown bread for all to taste.
  • From Dolly’s Cottage in Strandhill, Deirdre Foley will teach visitors to make St. Brigid’s Crosses from rushes picked in the fields near her home. Children particularly love this event, and happily take their newly-made crosses home with them. Deirdre will also do a limited amount of tea-leaf readings in aid of Dolly’s Cottage.
  • Fresh boxty will be cooked and distributed by Kathleen Devins, another of our long-time and loyal crafters, and an original member of Strandhill ICA at Dolly’s Cottage.
  • Sligo Garden Flowers returns to light up the marquee with exquisite blooms – in a display of nature’s summer colours from Annette Coleman’s own gardens  in Sligo.
  • Writer and designer Dolores Keaveney from Longford is joining us again this year, to share her childrens’ books and beautiful paintings and designs, for which she has received much acclaim.
  • Our free interactive Children’s Art Workshop with artist and teacher Maribeth Milne will creatively occupy children of all ages (and adults who wish to take part!). Every year, so many children particularly, leave the marquee delighted with their artistic creations, thanks to Maribeth’s creative ideas and guidance.
  • Alison Hunter’s beautiful framed felt pieces and unique leather jewellery will be returning to Lisheen – enjoy a visit to Alison’s stall!
  • Mrs Doyle’s Vintage China will once again add a touch of elegance to our displays, when Angela McManus returns with her treasures which include custom made tiered cake stands and jewellery made out of segments of broken china.
  • Bumble Bee designs will display the wonderful collection of Megan McManus’ photography on her handmade cards and framed flower photographs.
  • Kenderlyn Kraftz return with Lynne & Karen’s large range of colourful textile pieces, large and small, decorative and useful
  • In the Happy Duck Ceramics stand, you will enjoy again Carla Doyle’s beautiful, unusual and delicate ceramic crafts and jewellery.
  • Marcella Ferguson will be here again, bringing her lovely craft pieces and her tin whistle!
  • Fionnoula Bourke, a talented seamstress and costumière well known in Sligo for her theatre work, who has just launched a new range of glove puppets and wonderful funky handmade dolls.
  • Hand-knitter Ann Kivlehan will bring for the first time her delightful range of baby knitwear and adults and kids woollen hats.
  • Wild Atlantic Sea Photography, the creative business of Strandhill native Eamonn Kelly, will exhibit a collection of his underwater photography taken in the seas off the coast of Donegal.

For more information, contact Maura Gilligan on 0872454356 or at

Enjoy a cup of tea as you browse around the Craft Marquee on Sunday the 25th June at Lisheen.


Kids are free at the gate, and if they wish to enter Kids’ Corner, it’s €5 for the whole day! This entitles each child to use –

The Bouncy Castles
Mega Slide
Bootcamp Obstacle Course
Bungee Trampoline

And to visit

The Kiltimagh Pet Farm – children will be able to hold and touch exotic animals such as lizards and snakes, and to take rides on the two ponies on site,

Dinky Diggers – Ever wanted to try your hand at operating heavy machinery? Well this one is just for the kids! A new attraction this year puts children in control of some fun-sized construction equipment in a completely safe and secure manner,

Children’s maze – For a couple of minutes respite, why not let them loose in our new maze, and see if they can make their way out!!


Throughout the Show, Face Painting will also be available!


A chance to meet a record breaker as Sligo’s very own Henry Judge brings the worlds smallest cow Ella to the show this year.


Groups will be given several tasks to complete within a specified time and a winner will be declared.


This has become one of the most popular events of each year’s show, the number of entries and variety of breeds increases annually and attracts huge crowds in the lovely setting of Lisheen’s green grassy grounds below Knocknarea mountain.


The search and rescue helicopter will also be in attendance if it is not out on a crucial mission.

“Lisheen is a fantastic family day every year, the free parking and the kiddies’ events all in at €5 per child make it affordable for us, lovely food on site too…”
“There’s great variety every year, all age groups catered for… we love the Dog Show ourselves and the kids have a great time taking part with our pets…”
“We learned how to make St. Brigid’s crosses with rushes, it was so nice to be taught the original design…”
“Great family day out in majestic setting with Arts and Crafts from yesteryear right up to the modern day …”
“The Home Industries tent is the one we go for every year, the kids enter the wild flower competition, and they bake biscuits and enter photographs…”
“From farm tasks to pet shows to ancient and modern crafts, we saw them all here today….”
“Where would you get a setting like this for an event? The view is panoramic – the mountain behind us and the sea in front of us…”
“The small animal farm was brilliant – the kids saw snakes and all sorts of unusual pets and animals”
“I don’t need to tell you the kids loved the bouncy castles and the ice-cream vans – and they had a ball with the disco specially for them…”
“Delighted ye have expanded on the food – great fresh paella and lovely organic sausage and bacon baps – well done – good to have these as well as the burger van….”
“It’s very special for the kids to see butter being made in the Craft tent, and to have fresh boxty served to them, it brought back memories to our older friends here today – they loved to see the wood turner working too, he gave a great demonstration…”
“Have to say the Concert Band playing at the end of the day is a lovely way to close the show, the live music and the big band sound is mighty…”
“Farm tasks competition – that’s my favourite – always a very enjoyable event and great craic too…”


We cater for all tastes, from children upwards. We have three quality food producers on site:

  • Mary Murray is returning this year with her wonderful smoked bacon and artisan sausages in floury baps
  • Juani Garcia will be bringing her Flamenco Kitchen & fabulous paella to the show once again
  • The authentic Chip Van will be on site as usual
  • Ice-Cream Vans will provide sweet treats


A small bar which also serves tea, coffee and scones will be available on site.

Sligo concert band will start off the day with their repertoire of magical music.