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Kilkenny Handwrought Silver

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Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 56 776 3490

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Delightful shopping experience

Based on other reviews and sought out the shop. The silversmith, Des, was a delight. He has an array of items, both traditional and contemporary. He said that current preference... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Based on other reviews and sought out the shop. The silversmith, Des, was a delight. He has an array of items, both traditional and contemporary. He said that current preference is for traditional items. But we preferred the unusual contemporary items from the Kilkenny Design School. We were on the verge of purchasing a ring and he told us to... More 

Thank SusanMarie3
Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

a master of his craft and one of the worlds true gentlemen. Every time we visit Kilkenny, we make a point of calling in to Des. over the years we have bought a few unique handmade items, and every time we receive quality craftsmanship and excellent prices. if you want something that is truly a one off, call next time... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My daughter really wanted a necklace accompanied by a Celtic pendant but everywhere we looked there was the same mass produced pendants and necklaces. I looked on TA and found this wonderful hidden gem. The owner and master silver smith (gold smith as well) Desmond A Byrne was just so informative and helpful. We explained what we were looking for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

My husband met Desmond A. Byrne (DAB) during a trip to Ireland 2 years ago and he said "when we go to Ireland together, you must meet him". I had the pleasure of doing just that last fall. Mr. Byrne is a kind man and I could have easily spent hours just talking to him/learning about the craft from him.... More 

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Arab, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

We wandered in out of curiosity and wound up staying and talking for an hour or so! Very nice folks and really interesting jewelry designs. Could have stayed and talked all day.

1 Thank Mum-and-Poppy
Herzebrock, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

We made a motorbike Tour and stay 3 days in Kilkenny. On the Second day our Friends found the Shop from Desmond A Byrne. He told them many about his job. After we entered the shop, he shows us some of his works. Without any hint to buy or advertising to his products. In the way he speak, we know... More 

1 Thank Rainer S
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

I just happened upon the Kilkenny Handwrought Silver located in one of the courtyards behind the Kilkenny Design Center. I was the only one in the shop at the time, and the owner, I believe nearly 80 spent approximately 30 minutes with me telling me all about silver, gold and platinum. It was so informative. I was so hoping he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

I met Desmond Byrne in April 2015, a fascinating guy. He took a long time explaining the intricate work he does. Beautiful workmanship, and good prices.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Many years ago, ( 1997 to be exact) we were looking for hand made wedding rings. We saw DAB's shop on a visit to Kilkenny. We were very impressed with his work, and so we started communication with him ( from the US) about coming up with a design for our wedding rings. We went back and forth, and I... More 

1 Thank JLMom777
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We were visiting from California and looking for rings. We saw the same things in all of the shops in Dublin and they all screamed tourist! On a day trip to Kilkenny we discovered Des's charming shop located in the castle's renovated stables and were instantly charmed by Des and his amazing hand-crafted original designs. He is a true artist... More 

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