Tipperary Crystal opens shop in Rathwood

27Nov12

New store to turnover 100k on the first year

Tipperary Crystal, the leading designer of Irish crystal and glassware, as well as other high end designer produces in ceramics, textiles, scented candles and jewelry, has opened a new outlet in Rathwood, the destination shopping and activity centre, located just outside Tullow, in the Wicklow/Carlow border.

The new Tipperary Crystal showrooms is the latest designer giftware shop to open at Rathwood and is expected is expected to reach a turnover of 100k on the first year. In excess of €10,000 was spent on creating the luxury shop interior in the Carlow centre.

Tipperary Crystal was founded by master craftsmen Joe Foley and John Meaher to great acclaim in the 1980s. Over time, they have partnered with some of the great Irish style icons such as Sybil Connolly and Louise Kennedy to create award winning designs popular on a global field.

Each season, Tipperary commissions some of Ireland’s most talented and well-known designers to create striking collections. Some of the brand ambassadors include artist Graham Knuttel, chef Rachel Allen, restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud and golfing legend Christy O’Connor Senior. In particular, its collection of chandeliers is famous, coming in 50 different styles and available for bespoke design as well.

Originally known for its garden centre and quality furniture store, Rathwood has, in recent years, diversified its offering to cover fashion and entertainment and activities, with a strong focus on local suppliers and quality. Rathwood also has a restaurant and a falconry centre, and seasonal activities include the Rathwood Halloween and Santa train, as well as cooking lessons for children.

Visitors to Rathwood numbered a quarter of a million in 2010, up 20percent on the previous year. New director and 24-year old son of the founder, James Keogh, explains Rathwood has developed into a completely new shopping experience:

“Visitors to Rathwood enjoy the atmosphere and the restaurant, but many people come with the intention of purchasing a gift and especially wedding presents. The addition of Tipperary Crystal to the emporium brings a new dimension to the shopping experience for our customers. We believe it is going to be very popular,” he says.

Robbie Scanlon, managing director, from Tipperary Crystal says: “Rathwood is a good match for our quality product. The Rathwood customer is aligned with our customer base, which enjoys quality products, crafted with care and a keen eye to design. We anticipate this becoming one of our key outlets in the south.”

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www.rathwood.com

For more information:

Jillian Godsil, Practice PR, 0872366603, jillian@practicepr.ie

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