MADE in Kilkenny

‘MADE in Kilkenny’ was formed in early 2009, it was set up to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny, to encourage the growth of the professional craft industry and to promote the county as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft in Ireland.

Kilkenny has a long-standing reputation for being a hub of creativity and MADE in Kilkenny contributes to this.

All the craftspeople in ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ make their own work using both traditional and modern techniques. From the white-hot furnace of a glass-blower, the throwing wheel of a potter and the practiced hammering and manipulation of precious metals to the careful sawing, turning and chiseling of wood and stone and to the tasteful stitching of textiles and leather

Contributing to Ireland’s heritage, they are committed to preserving and developing ancient techniques, and presenting you with beautiful pieces to drink and to eat from, to carry and to store things, to sit on, to admire, and to adorn the body with!

You can watch pots being thrown in pottery shops such as Castle Arch Pottery in the Castle Yard where you can chat with the artists as they work. Browse through high quality pieces of jewellery crafted by Derek Blanche, a goldsmith with ten years’ experience. Check out Aileen Anne Brannigan’s stone carvings that are sure to enhance any setting. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience you must visit ‘Moth to a Flame’ in Bennettsbridge, a craft stronghold, where you can see the production of hand made candles, and afterwards, purchase the finished product in their shop.

 

Craft Trail

For a pleasant day out visiting the many craft shops dotted throughout Kilkenny’s scenic countryside and historical city, or to find that very special gift, the Kilkenny Craft Trail is a must.

Visitors and locals alike will love this trail, it’s an absolute must do. Download the Kilkenny Craft Trail Map here.

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Kilkenny Design Centre

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MADE in Kilkenny

Castlecomer Discovery Park

The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Kilkenny

056 4440707

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Castlecomer Discovery Park offers an exciting range of activities around the estate including tree top walks, climbing walls, boating, adventure playgrounds, orienteering and most recently Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge. At the hub of the site, there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village, and spaces for educational activities. Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of natural woodland and lakes. It opened to the public in 2007 to commemorate the coal-mining heritage following the closure of the local mines in 1969. It aims to develop rural tourism, generate local employment and regenerate the town.

Duiske Glass Gift Shop

High Street, Graignamanagh, Kilkenny

059 9724174

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duiskeglasskilkenny.ie

Duiske Glass Gift shop is renowned for its grapevine cut wine glasses, crystal and giftware which are now exclusively available at Duiske Glass. Duiske Glass Gift Shop offers a bespoke engraving service whereby almost any piece of glassware or crystal can be enhanced with personalised engraving to suit the occasion.

Kilkenny Crafts

26 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny

056 7777456

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Kilkenny's only Irish Souvenir shop with the cheapest prices and most friendly customer service. Experience a warm Irish Welcome. In our shop you will find legends of Kilkenny Range, Celtic and Natural Jewellery goods. We are a local source of information on: Castles, Round Towers, Holy Wells, Rag Trees, Solstice Sites, Fairy Forts, Leprechaun Groves, Mullechuaun Hills, Haunted Places, Stone Circles, Sacred and Beautiful Places.

Kilkenny Design Centre

Castle Yard, Kilkenny

056 7722118

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kilkennydesign.com

Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style. The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.