crAFTERnoon Tea

On Sunday 23rd November, you can learn weaving on a peg loom from the Chairperson of the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers – Máire Ní Neachtain. This is a great opportunity, and all proceeds are for charity. More on the event below, from its organizer, Clodagh. 

What’s in a crAFTERnoon Tea? All the elements for an interesting afternoon – an array of guided craft workshops, tea/coffee and home baking, a craft-it-yourself area, handcrafted items for sale and a raffle. All that while helping to raise funds for a worthy charity.

The when and where? Sunday 23rd of November from 2:30 to 5:30pm at the Mary Aikenhead Centre, Brookvale Road, Donnybrook.



Why? The Day care centre provides much needed social contact and activities for the elderly and a meals-on-wheels service for those who are isolated at home.

How does it work? Drop in at any time between 2:30 and 5:30. There is no admission charge – you will receive an envelope from our human “donation stations”, just pop in whatever you can afford and leave it with us before you go.

Workshops are (usually) on a drop-in basis and you can do as many as you can fit in. This year we will have Basic Knitting, Basic Crochet, Origami containers, Christmas decorations, Peg Loom Weaving, Beading, Embroidered cards, a Potter’s Wheel and lace work demonstration.

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Most of the crafts would be suitable for children of about 10 upwards – younger ones could sit in with a parent. There will be some Loom Bandz available on our Craft-it-yourself table that would be ideal for older children. A do-it-yourself card-making table will be full of supplies.

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Fuelling all this creativity will be non-stop tea and coffee, and a tempting array of home baking – if you like what you taste you can purchase some to take away!

We will also be having a raffle at the end of the Tea for a great variety of hand-made prizes. Tickets will be 1 Euro each, and will be available all afternoon. Just leave your contact details, if you won’t be there for the draw.

All in all, it promises to be a lot of fun, and is in aid of a great cause. If you have any questions about the event in the meantime, just drop us a line at You can track our preparations on Facebook or on our blog.

Can I help? We would appreciate any offers of craft items for sale/raffle, if you have them to spare. Spread the word by whatever means you can – the more the merrier. We look forward to seeing you all, and hope you enjoy the woolly, gluey, papery, stitchy, inky craftiness of it all!

Practical details: Buses 39A, 46A and 145 stop opposite the centre. There is parking in the grounds of the day centre.

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