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“Lots of potential”

Spiddal Craft & Design Studios
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Spiddal
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Owner description: Ceardlann/Spiddal Craft & Design Studios is a small complex of craft workshops situated right on the coast of Galway Bay, with beautiful views of the Burren and the Aran Islands.Visitors get a chance to see some of Ireland's finest craft items being made right in front of their eyes. The crafts include Handweaving, Jewellery and Stained Glass making, Screenprinting, and various forms of art, Traditional Basket Weaving and a Photographic Studio. An Spailpin Fanach, the Irish Cultural shop, produces it's own unique designs in quality T-Shirts and Hoodies, as well as a wide range of books and music, representative of this Gaelic speaking area. The craft village also boasts one of the finest cafes in Ireland, An Builin Blasta. IIt certainly is well worth a visit.
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Lovely craft units operated by the artists themselves, but it would have been good o see more craftsmanship taking place - this place could be much more engaging. Great beach, harbour and coastal walk nearby.

Thank DrPeterDRobinson
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Lovely shops, it was interesting to see craftspeople at work. However, it wasn't advertised much and because it was in a remote area it wouldn't be something you just stumble upon! Very cute little village in a great setting. High quality products at decent prices!

Thank irishn00b
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

What a lovely place to visit. Not just for tourists either: I spotted lots of items which would make great gifts, such as the semi abstract paintings all created by one talented lady, and the slightly sinister cow sculptures which really caught my eye! One shop sells fabulous hand-woven scarves, jackets and rugs, another sells hand-made jewellery using old coins, beautiful stuff, while another had little soaps and candles which would make nice small gifts. There's a French bakery and restaurant there too which we didn't have time to visit, but it was full at 12pm on a rainy April Wednesday which says a lot! Will return, highly recommend.

Thank wishuwereherex
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

The craft shops are a great place to stop and pick up some real Irish crafts. Each shop is different and each shop has a great selection of wonderful art. Other shops seem to stock a lot of the same things... these craft shops, however, really have a lot of original and different items.

Thank IrishBoy121
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

The craft village has plenty of potential but they have no idea how to sell themselves. Who knows about this place in Galway city? Maybe they should apply to Fearghal Quinn's Retail Therapy?
The shops are staffed by the artists themselves who are good at producing goods but have no idea how to market them. It is as if they are not interested in making money.
Prices can be high.None of the shops there consider special offers or 'seconds' at reduced prices to entice customers. You will find handmade goods there and Gaelic products not found elsewhere( although in some shops the Gaelic is misspelt and obviously written by someone who cannot speak the language)
Opening hours are erratic and the artists and crafts people seem to open when they feel like it which makes you wonder why you stopped off in the first place.

Thank Ronan O
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