PAT’S PRINCELY PIECES

By royal ap­point­ment mas­ter crafts­man ships wares to Clarence House

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

‘BY royal com­mand’ is some­thing mas­ter crafts­man Pat Brod­er­ick never imag­ined would ap­ply to his work. But hav­ing made an im­pres­sion on Prince Charles dur­ing his visit to Kil­lar­ney last June, Pat’s work was shipped to Clarence House in Lon­don on Fri­day last.

The prince com­mis­sioned Pat to make an egg bas­ket and tra­di­tional eggs’ nest, which is crafted in the old three-plait weave. It’s also thought the prince is in­ter­ested in a Sú­gan chair for his res­i­dence.

New­cas­tle West na­tive Pat is the mas­ter crafts­man at Muck­ross House and Tra­di­tional Farm. In many ways, he and Charles are kin­dred spir­its as both have a gen­uine ap­pre­ci­a­tion and love for an­cient crafts and ar­ti­san skills. Pat said Charles’ recog­ni­tion in his crafts is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the old Ir­ish coun­try­side way of life.

“I think this mu­tual ap­pre­ci­a­tion is the rea­son why Prince Charles and I clicked on the day. He is a very pleas­ant man, and he showed gen­uine in­ter­est and re­spect for Ir­ish crafts. We’ll see what hap­pens after this as it opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties for me. It’s very pos­i­tive,” Pat said.

He de­scribed the ‘chain of con­tact’ in­volved when deal­ing with the prince. Even Pat’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion is in the old-fash­ioned way as he sits down and cor­re­sponds with Prince Charles via hand­writ­ten let­ter.

“I write let­ters to his sec­re­tary which are then for­warded to the prince. The items have to be cleared in the em­bassy in Dublin first be­fore be­ing sent to the UK. There is strict pro­to­col in­volved.”

Pat, who also works as a her­itage spe­cial­ist with the Her­itage Coun­cil, demon­strat­ing crafts in schools and Day Care Cen­tres, also made a spe­cially com­mis­sioned chair for Pres­i­dent Mary MacAleese dur­ing her time in Áras an Uachtaráin. But royal recog­ni­tion has raised his work to an in­ter­na­tional level.

“I never thought this would hap­pen. I thought the Áras would be the pin­na­cle, but this has raised the pro­file of what I do even more. It’s also thanks to the peo­ple at Muck­ross House and Tra­di­tional Farm for al­low­ing me to do the pre­sen­ta­tion for the royal cou­ple in June,” Pat said.

Photo by Va­lerie O’Sul­li­van

In June, Charles, Prince of Wales, com­mis­sioned Mas­ter Crafts­man Pat Brod­er­ick to make an egg bas­ket and tra­di­tional eggs nest which is crafted in the old three plait weave . The beau­ti­fully made crafts left Muck­ross House last week, bound for Clarence House, home of the prince and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall. The prince also asked Pat to make an Ir­ish tra­di­tional súgán chair.

Photo Va­lerie O’Sul­li­van

The royal cou­ple are given a de­mon­stra­tion of Straw mak­ing by Pat Brod­er­ick at Muck­ross Tra­di­tional Farms dur­ing their vis­itin June.

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