The number of glass art galleries in Cork has soared in the last decade, with more than 10,000 in the capital alone.
Art gallery owner Robert Kavanagh said the growth was due to the influx of new people.
He said a number of factors had gone into the boom, including a strong local economy and a high demand for art.
Mr Kavanach said that in the 1990s, he was approached by several people with a similar idea to what he was trying to create.
The idea was to open an art gallery but it never came to fruition.
Now, he has a more traditional gallery on the outskirts of the city.
He has also opened a new gallery on his own premises and plans to open another one in a future.
Mr Keanagh said it was important to start again and create new galleries.
He added that glass artists would be the first to be targeted.
“I think that is very important and I am very happy to do it.”
We need to make sure that we don’t put the pressure on the artists to go out and have a show, we want them to create something that they really love.
“Mr Kavaneagh said that glass art was very much in demand in Cork.”
There is a very strong interest in glass art, and a lot of it is in Cork,” he said.”
It is a little bit of a niche and there are a lot more glass artists in Cork than anywhere else in the country.
“Mr Keananagh said there was a strong demand for glass art in Cork and that he hoped that the new gallery would help boost the local economy.”
The glass art is the first thing I do for my business, I am a very traditionalist and that is my philosophy,” he explained.”
When I am looking at the market and I see people coming into my gallery, it gives me a little boost.