On Sat 19th October The Leitrim Boxty Festival Day will celebrate, Boxty, our heritage dish through music, song, dance and craft. The Dock Arts Centre is the place to be so don’t miss this fun event. The Leitrim Design House Meet the Maker will take place between 2 & 4pm. Meet Bairbre Kennedy from Lichen Ceramics who will showcase her skills on the pottery wheel.

On the day, you can also meet Leitrim’s Boxty producers and sample their delicious goods. You’ll hear their food stories and discover what makes the perfect Boxty.

Bairbre Kennedy from Lichen CeramicsBairbre moved home to her native Leitrim to start her own pottery business after gaining a wealth of experience in London having worked for some of Ireland’s most established potteries. She grew up exploring the waterways of South Leitrim on her parent’s old Guinness barge. This gave her a love for the hidden small spaces, found in sleepy streams and a curiosity for the shapes, colours and life – held within its clay and riverbanks. Bairbre carried this curious creative nature into adulthood, going on to study at the much respected Thomastown Pottery Skills course in Kilkenny.

From there she went to work for Badger Hill Pottery and then Judy Greene in Galway. Bairbre also spent several years in England working for Hogben Pottery, also alongside Kerry Hastings, helping her design pottery for the “Conrad” shop in London Now back at home in Leitrim and inspired by the lush landscape of County Leitrim she creates colourful and light pottery bringing a hint of opulence to functional pottery