In County Kildare , we have a dynamic craft and design sector which generates vital employment across the community and makes a significant contribution to our economy and culture, projects like Original Kildare an initiative of our Local Enterprise Office supported by the leader partnership company ensures that our creative sector is supported to create economic gain for their county. Working in partnership is key to the development of a supportive enterprise eco-system. These projects in County Kildare are clearly focused on tangible economic outputs which will bring further employment to the local economy

Cllr. Suzanne Doyle,
Kildare County Council

County Kildare Leader Partnership welcomes the establishment of Original Kildare. This new brand created by Co. Kildare artists, makers and craftspeople captures the authenticity of their work, celebrating both the mastery of members, and the power of the collective. It has been our privilege to support this group’s development through LEADER funding, in partnership with Kildare LEO. We congratulate the network on their commitment and vision and look forward to working with Original Kildare in the future.

Karl Duffy
Rural Development Manager
County Kildare Leader Partnership

Having worked closely with craft workers over the past 4 years Kildare Local Enterprise had a desire to create a platform for Crafts people to come together to promote their work and to raise awareness of their individual craft enterprises locally, nationally and internationally. We are delighted that Original Kildare now offers significant peer learning and development opportunities for craft workers to work together in the development of their businesses. We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the group from all craft and design-maker disciplines”.

Jacqui Mc Nabb
Head of Enterprise Kildare County Council