Tag Archives: Tracy Gilbert Designs

Unparalleled beauty of Donegal & Triona Design Visitor Centre

For many years as a child, we went on our summer holidays to Donegal. My sister and I were attending an Irish primary school in Dublin City Centre (Marlborough Street) and my dad was keen on getting us up to hear Irish being spoken naturally. We had great times up there and working up the […]

Bealtaine Festival at Uisneach

Uisneach Fire Festival

Last year when I was researching the Celtic Festival of Bealtaine, I learned about the fire celebration that takes place in Uisneach in County Mullingar. I’m crazy about triple spirals (triskele) and I love a good fire, so when I saw the photographs of triskele with flames (!!) well the Uisneach Festival was immediately put […]

The Hill of Tara – a sacred tour of prehistoric Ireland

I managed a kid-free trip to the Hill of Tara over Easter and I loved it. Given the many stories about Tara and it being the place where the High Kings of Ireland lived and the old stories that link it to the Ark of the Covenant, it amazes me that so much of the […]

Tracy Gilbert shortlisted for Fingal Enterprise Awards

Tracy Gilbert at the Fingal Enterprise Awards

What an amazing honour it was to be shortlisted for the Fingal Enterprise Awards 2018. It was really great to be given the opportunity to pitch to business experts about my aspirations for Tracy Gilbert Designs. I set up my company back in 2014 when I was still working as a full time actuary. As […]

Finding Ways to Make it Happen!

You wouldn’t think that a car journey with your husband and a 10-month old baby would be the time most people decide to leave their job and start their own business. But anyone who knows me would tell you that it sounds just like me – I’m not afraid of taking the odd risk and […]

Bealtaine – a Celtic Fire Festival

One of the most significant dates in Celtic times was the Festival of Bealtaine. Around May 1st is when the ancient festival of Bealtaine (also called Beltane) took place, about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Like many other Celtic festivals the date has an agricultural significance as it symbolised the start […]

Irish landscape & heritage – hard not to be inspired!

I’ve been meaning to write about our family trip to Ennistymon in County Clare for ages now but the preparation for the National Crafts Fair in the RDS before Christmas was quickly upon me followed by preparing for Showcase (tradeshow) in the middle of January and then fulfilling orders from Showcase! We went to Ennistymon […]

New Wild Rose Collection now available

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the last couple of months. I was preparing my youngest (and myself!!) for his first day at school as well as launching my newest collection. When I wasn’t stressing about one, I was stressing about the other. So in many ways, it could be said that I […]

The Irish Workshop horsing around with Tracy Gilbert at the RDS Horse Show

It’s about a year since I first signed up to be part of The Irish Workshop. I first met Charmaine Kenny in a cafe in Donabate – her enthusiasm for developing an online business that promoted Irish designers and artists was tangible and infectious – I signed up straight away! Most recently, I was delighted […]

Christening presents – where did the tradition come from?

Very recently, I was commissioned to make a Christening bracelet for a baby girl. The Children of Lir story was an important story to the family and as such one of my Children of Lir charms was to feature. It also included a garnet charm to represent the baby’s birthstone. I was very honoured to […]