1,500 visitors are estimated to attend the Ennis Tattoo Convention which takes place in the county town this weekend.

Over 120 international and national tattoo artists will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel for the Ennis Tattoo Convention which takes place on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.

World famous Los Angeles based tattoo model and TV presenter Bernadette Macias will anchor the convention.

Tattoo artists from USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the UK are all flying in for this highly respected convention.

An action-packed weekend has been scheduled with tattoo artists tattooing live and available for appointments, along with a full entertainment programme of live music, DJs, side shows and exciting competitions. Organisers Roy Keane and Sylvia Butkiewicz stress that this is a family-friendly event, with child friendly tattoos and face painting also available.

Last year marked the first occasion that the Tattoo Convention had been held in Ennis, with Limerick having previously been the venue for thirteen years. Limerick native Keane explained, “The Tattoo Convention started life in Limerick, but last year we moved to Ennis and although initially on a temporary basis, Ennis proved such a successful venue that we made the decision to host a permanent Ennis Tattoo Convention”.

He added, “We are very excited to bring so many international artists, and the best of Irish talent together for two days of world-class tattooing and fun. This convention represents an enormous amount of artistic talent and a massive variety of styles of work. In the past, we’ve had people travel from as far as New Zealand just to meet their favourite tattoo artist. Whether you’re looking to get inked by award-winning artists or you’re simply curious, you are welcome to come along to watch, learn and enjoy the entertainment.”

Ennis Tattoo Convention is supported by Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, and locally in Ennis it has the support of Ennis Chamber. CEO Margaret O’Brien said, “Having this Tattoo Convention in Ennis a great win for the town. We congratulate the team at Treacy’s West County for securing this convention for Ennis. It’s very positive news. We are also grateful to Roy Keane and his organising team for bringing quality business to Ennis, and in doing so, for raising awareness of Ennis as an excellent conference destination”.

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