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When it comes to craftsmans­hip and stylish design, Ireland has a wealth of creative talent producing unique handmade pieces. Here is where to find them...


AN CEARDLANN Spiddal, Co. Galway spiddalcra­

Beautifull­y located directly across from Spiddalbea­ch, An Ceardlann-Spiddal Craft and Design Studios is an Irish handcrafts store where in-house artisans design, create and sell unique wares. With a name that translates as “must stop” in English, An Ceardlann certainly lives up to its billing. Various studios house the artists’ workshops where basket weaving, acrylic painting, stained glass, pottery, screen printing, weaving and Celtic jewellery are created. An Ceardlann is at the heart of Spiddal’s handcraft culture, surrounded by a host of lovely stores and cafes.


Tel: (01) 274 6996

A mecca for all things chic and vintage, Avoca is a must for gorgeous homewares – and delicious food that will turn any meal into a feast. Taking its name from the village in Co Wicklow where the company started as a woollen mill, Avoca has since branched out from tweeds and blankets into fashion, food and gorgeous gifts.

From quirky doorknobs to luxury scented candles and handmade pottery, you won’t be able to leave any of Avoca’s 12 branches (including Arthur Street, Belfast) empty– handed.


41 Drury Street, Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 679 8871 irishdesig­

A love of Irish craft and good design led jewellers Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey to establish their gorgeous craft store in the heart of Dublin. Promoting not only Irish wares but the talented designers behind them, the four-storey building contains both a retail space and a metalwork studio, emphasisin­g the relationsh­ip between design and product.

INDUSTRY & CO 41 a/b Drury Street, Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 613 9111 industryan­

This is an excellent, independen­t Dublin store specialisi­ng in carefully crafted items of furniture and houseware. Objects range from vintage chairs and lamps to recycled pin-cushions and woollen blankets, making the perfect gift for lovers of interior design. Every item is handpicked by owner and interior designer Vanessa MacInnes, who runs the shop with her brother Marcus.There’s also a cafe, so you can refuel while you browse.

THE KILKENNY SHOP Nationwide kilkennysh­

The Kilkenny Shop has been successful­ly promoting Irish design for over ve decades, and now boasts 15 stores across the country, including the Dublin agship on Nassau Street (where there’s also a

ne café). As well as original fashion and jewellery, you’ll nd handmade pottery and contempora­ry interior pieces from a range of brilliant Irish designers, including Orla Kiely, Nicholas Mosse, Stephen Pearce and John Rocha, to name but a few.

LOUIS MULCAHY POTTERY Clogher, Ballyferri­ter, Dingle, Kerry +353 (0)66 9156229 louismulca­

Tucked away in the Dingle Peninsula, the Clothar Workshop is home to exquisite pottery and homewares. Louis Mulcahy are particular­ly known for their elegant porcelain pieces and robust stoneware, bringing a distinctly Irish feel to your lighting, tableware and garden. Try your hand at the traditiona­l crafts by attending one of their workshops on site, or simply admire the craftsmans­hip with a cuppa from the café.

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