Donegal designers crafting the spirit of Christmas

While many seasonal events have been postponed this year, a group of Donegal designers is determined to ensure the magic of Christmas prevails. This weekend, Donegal Designer Makers will host its ‘Christmas Presence’ annual Craft and Design Fair at Rathmullan House from Thursday, 3rd to Sunday, 6th December from 11am – 5pm.

The group has worked closely with the team at Rathmullan House to ensure all social distancing and protective measures are in place to keep visitors safe throughout the weekend.

Christmas fairs offer the perfect opportunity to support local and stock up on unique hand-crafted gifts. Each year, this Craft and Design Fair presents a beautiful selection of gift ideas and stocking fillers for every type of budget including handmade ceramics by Anna Kee, Brian McGee, and Emer O’ Sullivan.


There will also be plenty of gifts for style-lovers with fashion, bags, knitwear and jewellery from Bernie Murphy, Michelle McCarroll–Neale, Valerie Taylor and Hannah McGuinness, alongside fine art, stationary, prints, photography and sculpture from creatives including Fiona Higgins, Michael Parkinson and Shaun Egan.


Donegal Designer Makers will host its ‘Christmas Presence’ annual Craft and Design Fair in Rathmullan House from this Thursday, 3rd to Sunday, 6th December, 11am – 5pm.

Michelle McCarroll–Neale of is one of the designers taking part in the event: “With everything that has happened this year, we are delighted that our “Christmas Presence Craft and Design Fair” will take place this weekend” says Michelle.

“Family and friends can still come together – at a distance – to meet the makers, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season in the beautiful surroundings of Rathmullan House. You’ll find beautiful gifts that all the family will treasure, and by shopping local, you’ll also be supporting Donegal creators and jobs in the county.”

Pictured is Michelle McCarroll-Neale of Donegal Designer Makers preparing her knitwear designs for the annual ‘Christmas Presence’ Craft and Design Fair which takes place at Rathmullan House from this Thursday, 3rd to Sunday, 6th December from 11am to 5pm.

Mark Wheeler of Rathmullan House says the event has become a firm favourite in the seasonal calendar: “Rathmullan House has been home to this unique Christmas Market since it began in 2011” Mark says. “And while we’ve had to introduce some changes to the layout this year, we are blessed to have the space to cater for ample social distancing; we’re utilising the gardens and outdoor space a bit more, which will add to the Christmas magic and unique charm of this event.”

Shop local and support Donegal designers at the Donegal Designer Makers’ Christmas Design & Craft Fair in Rathmullan House this weekend.

Throughout the four-day event, visitors can enjoy a relaxing and stress-free shopping experience, browsing displays of handmade design against a backdrop of log fires, comfortable sofas, fresh coffee, home baking, hot port, and artisan beers. Entry to the ‘Christmas Presence’ annual Craft and Design Fair is free.

Warming dishes and drinks will be served outdoors in Rathmullan House from 12 noon to 5pm daily.

For more information, call Rathmullan House on 074 9158188 or email To find out more about Donegal Designer Makers visit or email:


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