Two inclusions for IGWC at upcoming Bord Bia Bloom festival

The Irish Grown Wool Council have two different inclusions at the upcoming Bord Bia Bloom festival taking place during the June bank holiday weekend in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

We will be sharing the innovations for Irish grown wool products with some of the expected 100,000 visitors to the festival and will have an engaging education and outreach element to our installation.

On Sunday 2nd June and Monday 3rd June 2024, the Irish Grown Wool Council will be part of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s ‘Irish Craft Village’ in the GANS Craft Demonstration area. (Area 26)

We will be sharing the innovations for Irish grown wool products with some of the expected 100,000 visitors to the festival. On our display will be products with a sustainable focus, for home and gardens and beyond, which use Irish grown wool, informing consumers of the potential of this sustainable biofibre for their homes and gardens. Plus join in our flower felting activity for visitors and families and can see a knitting machine in action.

Some products that will be on display using Irish grown wool will include sustainable sleeping items from Dooleys Wool and wool pellet organic fertiliser from

DCCI GANS Demonstration Area 2023 image
See Area 26 for ‘Irish Craft Village’ on the Bord Bia Bloom Map for our placement on Sunday & Monday.

Also at Bord Bia Bloom on Sunday 2nd June at 2.45pm the Irish Grown Wool Council will be hosting a panel talk entitled ‘Heritage & Horizon’ on the ‘Sustainable Living Stage’. Tackling challenges and embracing opportunities, this panel discussion with Kevin Dooley of Dooleys Wool, Zoë Daly of Eriu and Alison Gault of Ulster University will give a glimpse into wool innovations with the Irish Grown Wool Council, with an intro by IGWC Interim Chair Catherine Phibbs. The panel talk will be chaired by Suzanne Campbell. Sharing the sustainable potential of Irish grown wool, from field to new frontiers.

Sustainable Living Stage Sunday 2nd June 2024 at 2.45pm (Area 25)
See Area 25 for ‘Sustainable Living Stage’ on Bord Bia Bloom Map

Recent shifts in global economies, changing markets and the emergence of unsustainable fibres have significantly impacted the Irish-grown wool industry. The Irish Grown Wool Council (IGWC) was formed in April 2023, following a recommendation from the publication of the ‘Review Of Market Opportunities For Irish-Grown Wool- Based Products’ from the Department Of Agriculture, Food And The Marine. We believe there is significant potential to add value all along the supply chain and advance innovation in Irish grown wool across a wide range of sectors.

We are developing collaborations to apply innovative solutions to address current challenges and create pioneering innovation in bio-fibers and sustainable practices. We work with farmers, industry, enterprise, education, general public, media, partners, agencies and research providing organisations and Governments, (nationally and internationally). We have big ambitions for the development of the Irish grown wool sector, which includes approximately 50,000 sheep farming families nationwide as stakeholders.

Join us at Bord Bia Bloom and see a selection of innovative Irish grown wool products.

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