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A local group has ambitions to open a craft village in Longford town, and have issued an open call to all crafters in the region to join in their efforts.

A local group has ambitions to open a craft village in Longford town, and have issued an open call to all crafters in the region to join in their efforts.

“We’re calling on all crafters in Co Longford and the surrounding area to get involved,” said Treasa Heavey, one of the instigators of the new project. “There will be a meeting held this Thursday night (August 8) in the Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre at 7.30pm and anyone in interested in getting involved is invited to attend.”

The project will provide an outlet for local craftworkers to showcase and sell their wares. “There is nowhere in the town at present where crafters can put their work on display, or where local shoppers and tourists passing through can purchase look craft pieces,” Ms Heavey continued. “This will be the first facility of its kind in the county. We want it to be a one-stop shop for all types of crafts, from paper to metal, and from wood to brass. It will be an ideal showcase for local craft skills. We’d also like the use the craft village as a training facility, where people with an interest in learning the skills can do so under the tuition of an experienced crafter.”

Ms Heavey also added that the company that will be formed to operate the craft village will be completely geared towards the craftworkers using the facility. “It will be a non-profit operation. A small percentage of each sale will go towards the craft village, to help keep it running, but the rest of the income goes to the person who created the item. We also hope to establish a website with an online store as well.”