Lúnasa was opened on the 1st of August 2012 by Tom and Rosaleen. A love of Irish craft and making things led these two to start dreaming of a place which offered customers both. Lúnasa promotes the makers in the area and encourages others to get making themselves.
Tom & Rosaleen landed in Belmullet in early 2012. They got married here in 2011 and had no plans to move on a permanent basis however, a few twists of fate and they were moving to Belmullet the week of their 1st anniversary. The connection to the area is Rosaleen's wonderful dad who sadly died in 2010 leaving a huge gap in all his 6 girls' lives. She comes from a family of shopkeepers and a walk along the main street in Belmullet you will see her cousins shop 'McAndrews' often referred to as Billy's, her late uncle. Opposite is the site of the shoe shop that her grandfather and his father had and still is the 'family' home.
Rosaleen has a huge amount of experience in business and shopkeeping herself. She nurtured her crafty side in her 'free time' always doing a class at night school learning a new skill such as sewing, pottery, photography and writing. These classes also included French, Italian and Arabic and hopefully these will help in the new pursuit of learning Irish.
Lúnasa is a vision of Rosaleen's that is still work in progress. She has always wanted her own little shop and her love of crafts was the natural choice. So what is that vision….well it's quite simply to promote and provide access to crafts. When first moving she said she found it hard to find locally made crafts. Through setting up the shop she has found a new interest in the more traditional crafts and loves sourcing vintage Irish craft. She is in the shop most days working on a new project or looking at the vast array of fabulous Irish products.
A cosy, welcoming shop the pieces that you find in Lúnasa are hugely from Mayo and Ireland with a few vintage things as well as a small collection of Fair Trade handmade goods for parts of the world she has travelled to. And it would not be complete without the Autentíco paint range that provides the bright colour on the front of the shop and on all the wonderful furniture inside.
One important part of the vision is about giving people access to crafts and so the 'Open Studio' was created. Here anyone can come and try taster sessions of a number of different crafts any time that suits them. There is also a packed calendar of courses and workshops
Tom is a Essex boy who was lulled to Mayo by the golfing and fishing. He started as the muscles of the business, painting, laying floors and knocking out old counters and it's by no means finished. However, since opening he is getting more and more crafty and has a particular flare for pottery. He does all this when he is off work and also manages to fit in time to study a degree in Chemistry.
The family & friends also deserve a mention. Rosaleen says have been a huge help in giving moral support set up and particularly helping with the relocation this summer.
Lúnasa Carter Square, Belmullet, Co Mayo, Ireland. Call us on (+353) 0831339797