Visit the oldest handmade pottery in Ireland in this incredible experience

Rossa Pottery is Ireland’s oldest handmade pottery – and this workshop offers you the chance to get your hands dirty and create something unique and special, the perfect memento of your amazing Ireland vacation experience!

In the 1950s Ned Walsh emigrated to London where he worked in Pinewood Studios as a wages clerk. He met the artists that worked on the set designs and they advised him to go to Art College knowing he had a flare for design. This is where he studied pottery and sculpture and created the secret formula for Rossa’s unique glazes.

He came back to Ireland and established Rossa Pottery in 1962 in a stable yard at the back of a pub on Main Street in Cashel. Ned then moved this small workshop to where it is still made today by his son Alan and his wife Sarah, right in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Go back in time to this traditional workshop and create your own family heirloom by visiting them for private one-to-one tuition from Master Potter Alan. Watch him expertly handle the potter’s wheel with ease and then let the clay come to life within your own hands with Alan’s wealth of knowledge for this craft. Rossa is proud and protective of the traditional methods of making handmade pottery. They don’t use machines or moulds; only their hands and the pottery wheel.

Have fun creating your very own art piece while learning about the different stages of pottery making. Your Creation will get fired in their Kiln and glazed, and when ready they will ship it to your home.

Hear their fascinating story of Presidents, Diplomats, and Queen Elizabeth owning their own piece of Rossa Pottery.

See pieces of vintage Rossa in their showroom museum and sit on Ned’s old kick wheel which he made all those years ago.

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5 stars for Ireland Chauffeur Travel – Oct 2022

We traveled with Ireland Chauffeur Travel September 10-17, 2022. I had taken prior trips to Ireland with a private driver and a CIE bus tour. Both were terrific and I had a good idea of places that I wanted my husband and friends to see. I chose Ireland Chauffeur Travel because they seemed to be very flexible about rescheduling a future trip if we were unable to go this year due to Covid or other reasons. They use comfortable Mercedes SUV’s for touring.
I gave a list of places I wanted to visit, experiences I wanted to have, and dates of travel to my contact, Michelle Lee. She developed an itinerary and suggested additional activities to include in our trip. Michelle was terrific to work with, responded promptly and kindly to my emails as we developed our tour. The hotels we stayed at were all 4 star and were centrally located for walking to restaurants and attractions in the evening.
John Healy, our Driver/Guide, was a perfect match and related well to each of us. He was very professional, always prompt on our 10-6 daily tour, well traveled internationally, had good historical knowledge of all the places we visited and took us to many places that weren’t on our itinerary that we enjoyed immensely. Our friends and my husband sing praises for John and all the wonderful experiences we had on our tour.
5 stars for Ireland Chauffeur Travel, John Healy and Michelle Lee!
October 2022

Excellent Travel Company – Aug 2022

Just returned from our second private guided tour that we have booked with this company. First time was about 5 years ago when we flew in and out of Shannon and toured the West and Dublin.
We did the north for 5 days after 3 days in Dublin. Our driver/guide Mr. Bobby Walsh was excellent! He is skilled experienced driver and friendly, amiable and very knowledgeable of history. Had excellent tours on way to Belfast from Dublin in spacious, comfortable and clean Mercedes van. All passengers, me, my wife and two adult children had all needs met regarding travel, sites and dining. Mr. Walsh gave a great tour of Belfast to include Falls Road and Shankill Road (‘political tour.’). Did Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Derry/Londonderry with extra tour by Dermot McCluskey. Stayed in Donegal Town. Slieve League , Marble Arch caves. Saw all the counties of Ulster ( both in Northern Ireland and the Republic )with much detail. Ate local always with spot on recs from Bobby.
Always ask for Bobby Walsh if you tour Ulster. He literally and figuratively goes the extra mile!

August 2022

We had so much fun!!!! – Aug 2022

We just spent 12 days with Bob and could not have asked for a better experience. He has an awesome demeanor, and the patience of a Saint. We saw places we would have never known without him. If you ever met Bob in any other aspect in life, he would be your friend. His insight, historical knowledge, and recommendations made this one of the best trips of our life. Michelle Lee’s assistance with the pre-planning and itinerary couldn’t have been better. She listened to our requests and then fulfilled those needs along with nudges for other opportunities. The hotel choices were perfect. I can not recommend this team enough. We had so much fun!!!!

August 2022

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