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The Irish Gift Market Celebrates Sales Milestone

And offers a challenge to Irish master craftspeople.
  • <strong>Master potter Michael Roche presenting the 3,000th Culchie Mug to Ken Byrne</strong>
  • <strong>Culchie Mugs just after being hand thrown, decorated, glazed and fired in the kiln and now waiting for their new home.</strong>
  • <strong>Each Culchie Mug is hand glazed so it has it`s own unique characteristics.</strong>
    NEW YORK, NY, December 21, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When Ken Byrne founder of The Irish Gift Market ( www.theirishgiftmarket.com ) was doing his market research to identify exactly what kind of products to offer to U.S. patrons who wanted to purchase a unique piece of Ireland for themselves or friends, one theme that came up over and over again was large items. Most of the crafts people he spoke to, especially the potters and glass blowers, told him that when tourists visited the products they liked most were the bigger products such as bread crocks, serving platters, glass pitchers etc. Due to the logistics of carrying these bigger items for the remainder of their holiday and eventually home visitors sometimes limited themselves to smaller more travel friendly items. Mr Byrne's answer to this was to make these items available on line with free 48 hour delivery and the rest is history.

One of the products that has bucked this trend is the now famous, Culchie Mug. This ingenious little tribute to the hard working country men from the west of Ireland has being by far the most popular item and caused quiet a bit of a sensation all on it's own. The brain child of Michael Roche of Kiltrea pottery in County Wexford, this beautiful piece of handmade functional art hosts cups of tea and coffee in almost 3,000 U.S. homes every day. To celebrate this milestone The Irish Gift Market will be giving a special gift to the lucky recipient of the 3,000th mug and offering a challenge to Irish master crafts people. Details of which are still being discussed.Watch this space!

Mr Byrne is surprised, to say the least, at the popularity of this little gem of creativity as he did not include it in his initial inventory list but only it added it later at the suggestion of Mr Roche. "I suppose it makes perfect sense really, since people tend to use it more frequently they get more value and connection from it as opposed to the larger items which may not be used quiet as often," he commented from his Kilkenny based office.

Having communicated the story of the little market leader from Kiltrea to his other suppliers and crafts people they all are now feverishly working on creating something of their own to knock the Culchie Mug off it's lofty pedestal. This should make make 2017 an exciting year for creativity in The Irish Gift Market as we wait and see who will be next years best performer.Will it be something special from Jerpoint Glass, a little surprise from Castle Arch or perhaps something unique from the Carnua luxury line or could it even encourage a completely new master crafts person to join the fold and create something completely different to take the title and grace U.S. households in the thousands as the Culchie Mug has . Only time will tell.

The Irish Gift Market ( www.theirishgiftmarket.com ) has free delivery on its unique line of luxury hand-crafted artisan products anywhere in the United States within 48 hours.


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