About Mags

Mags Mannion is an

archaeologist, glass specialist

and craft artisan.

She holds a PhD in archaeology and has taught at third level for a number of years. Mags has taught outreach classes at local schools and regularly teaches with the Uni 4 U Access Programme, a primary schools initiative based at NUIG.

Mags also works as a Heritage in Schools officer and gives talks and demonstrations on glass working, ancient technologies, artisans in the past and traditional crafts at Irish Walled Towns, Heritage Week and local history events and medieval fairs.

While completing her PhD Mags research examined how artisans in the past worked with glass and metal in crafting personal jewellery and how they were used as heirloom pieces, amulets and talismans. Mags has presented her research at both Irish and international conferences and has published widely.

Her jewellery weaves together her extensive knowledge and experience of past cultures with her passion for creating personal jewellery to produce unique meaningful jewellery.

My family loved the memory beads you made for my family from sand from the Aran Islands and Connemara. I like the fact they are all different yet similar, like a family. My kids have picked theirs already and my sister was very touched. One of the beads made with the Aran Islands sand will go to my uncle in Alaska who emigrated to there from the Aran Islands.

Fiona McDonagh

I love my necklace and earrings set really unique colours really captures the Autumn woodlands and its great to know its individual

Deirdre Costello

I love the beads you made from my father’s cremation ashes, they are a treasured keepsake and the colour is perfect, it captures exactly what I wanted.

Joyce Redmond

I have hung some of the beads you made from my brother’s cremation ashes in my car and I love that I am able to have this keepsake of him to bring with me on my travels.

Stephen Kay

I really love the beads you made from my Dad’s ashes, they give me great comfort and keep his memory alive for me. They are exquisite and really special to have something of him with me forever.

Michelle Lucas