De­signs for life

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...

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AN CEARDLANN Spid­dal, Co. Gal­way spid­dal­

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 irishde­sign­

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 in­dus­

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 kilken­

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 louis­mulc­

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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