A new edition of ‘Tiny Clonakilty’

tiny clon pic

Posted on: 1st December, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

TinyIreland has just launched a new edition of its ingenious flatpack, ‘Build your own Tiny Clonakilty’, with  a new set of models to cut out and assemble, inspired by the pubs, shops and old buildings of Clonakilty. The new set includes models of An Sύgán, Halla an Bhaile, DeBarra’s Pub, O’Donovan’s Hotel, The Old Linen Hall and even a tiny statue of Michael Collins.

In designing these models, Anke, the Ballydehob based modelmaker behind TinyIreland, tries to capture the essential feel of the town by creating beautifully detailed miniature facades as well as ‘mini murals’ on the gables and rears of the buildings depicting scenes inspired by the town – like a steam engine seen at Clonakilty’s Old Time Festival, a session at DeBarra’s, a very famous monkey climbing around the back of O’Donnovan’s Hotel, children climbing trees.

TinyIreland began just over two years ago, when Anke launched her first ‘Tiny Towns’ – Ballydehob, Schull and Skibbereen. The idea came to her when she was making a tiny Ballydehob for her son’s model railway layout. Since then she has gone on to create 15 model kits including Clonakilty, Kinsale, Cork, Cobh, Glengarriff, Dublin, Bunratty, Killarney, Dingle, Limerick, Galway and even a miniature diorama of Gallarus Oratory. She has also designed kits for individual buildings upon request

“I get all sorts of unusual commissions; a few months ago I was asked to make 18 models of Dingle and Annascaul Pubs for a wedding reception. The models, which were lit up from the inside with led lamps, formed unusual, quirky table centre pieces. The guests were given the name of the pub instead of the table number. A lot of the guests were themselves owners of the pubs – it was a wonderful surprise for them to see a miniature of their own pub as a centre piece on their table.”

Initially, Anke thought her market for these kits would be primarily children who enjoy crafting and modelbuilding – but she soon realised that adults loved sending them to each other as quirky souvenirs, and that a lot of adults have nostalgic memories about assembling paper model kits and really enjoy them. Bearing this in mind, Anke designs her kits so “they can easily be assembled within an hour or two, avoiding too much fiddly bits but still giving enough challenge to satisfy.”

Anke hand paints all the artwork herself, before processing it into the final models on the computer. “Setting up this business has been a huge learning curve for me – I had to learn a lot about computer aided graphic design, dealing with printers etc as well as meeting the challenges of marketing, selling, bookeeping and cash flow. The Local Enterprise Office was a huge help to me – I have repeatedly taken on board the valuable help offered by them – a stand at Showcase 2013 in the Enterprise Zone, various courses and numerous one-to-one mentoring sessions.”

The new Tiny Clonakilty kits are now available in Clonakilty Bookshop, which has been selling TinyIreland kits for the past two years.

“Small shopkeepers like Geraldine of Clonakilty Bookshop do such a great service to their community – not only do they make the town alive and vibrant with their beautiful window displays and inspiring selections – they also provide perfect outlets for local artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, like me. I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the shops who have supported me around West Cork and Ireland. Without their support, encouragement and feedback I just wouldn’t have had the courage to stick through the challenges of setting up this business.

“And really, this is also what my kits are about – acknowledging and celebrating all those shops, pubs and old buildings which make our towns unique and dear to us. Clonakilty may not have an Eiffel Tower or a Big Ben – but its colourful streets have their own special charm created by centuries of everyday life; a mosaic of entrepreneurial and community spirit.

The new edition of ‘Build your own Tiny Clonakilty’ is available at Clonakilty Bookshop for €15.

All TinyIreland products are printed and packed in Co.Cork.

To see TinyIreland’s full selection please visit: www.tinyireland.ie.

Latest News Articles:

Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards
West Cork businessman appointed Chairman of the National Council of SPAR Retailers
Irish Community Air Ambulance launches ‘Post a Selfie with your BFF’ campaign
Clonakilty wins RIAI ‘Best Place of the Year 2017’
Clune to lobby new Minister on Seven Heads Peninsula decision

Join us on Facebook

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Union Hall lifeboat Station are looking for a volunteer lifeboat training coordinator. See poster for details. ... See MoreSee Less

13th June, 2017  ·  

Michael Collins House presents ‘Revolutionaries’ - an exhibition by renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick at Emmet Square, Clonakilty.
Official opening on Fri 16th June at 7.30pm as part of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival. All welcome and note that the exhibition runs up until Sunday 30th July.
... See MoreSee Less

9th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top