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Kilkenny Handwrought Silver

Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 3490
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Fantastic Shop and Even Better Businessman

We recently visited Ireland and I just happened to find Desmond's shop tucked in the back corner of... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
San Antonio, Texas
What a charming Kilkenny shop and silversmith!

After reading other reviews, I decided to wait to buy silver gifts until I got to Kilkenny and... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Lisa B
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Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We recently visited Ireland and I just happened to find Desmond's shop tucked in the back corner of Castle Yard. I found something I liked (men's Celtic ring) but he didn't have the correct size on hand. I left my contact information and (no kidding)...More

1  Thank bradbeauvais
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

After reading other reviews, I decided to wait to buy silver gifts until I got to Kilkenny and could visit Des's shop. What a find and what a charming talented silversmith! He happily will show you how his items are created, and absolutely no pressure...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I bought some daisy stud earrings in 1997 and they have been favourites of mine ever since. Last year I lost one. However I still had the small card that Mr Byrne signs and gives you with your purchase and last week I rang him...More

Thank John S
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...More

1  Thank SusanMarie3
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...More

1  Thank Tony S
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...More

1  Thank esamlen
Reviewed 2 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...More

1  Thank krankenschwester600
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
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...More

1  Thank Rainer S
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...More

1  Thank Susan D
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Brenda S
Last November I called the shop and actually spoke with Desmond Byrne himself. I explained to him that nearly 10 years ago we were in Kilkenny and my young son bought a very small hand wrought silver Celtic cross from his shop. Years ago the chain it was on broke and he lost the cross. Last year I surprised him with a much larger one in silver, about 2.5 cm or 3cm long (about an once and a half and he recommended a perfect weight silver chain--my son is 25. Maybe the chain was about 20"--he knew just the right combination for a young man. Sadly, my son's cross and chain were stolen and, because it was very special to him, I'd like to order a new one. Sam's Irish heritage is very important to him. Not sure if Desmond's shop has a fax number, or an email address, but I would appreciate your help in reaching him so I can order this again. My name is Brenda Stanfield 64 Inman St. Cambridge, MA 02139 617-230-2125
16 November 2015|
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Response from Susan D | Reviewed this property |
This is a roundabout way, but I met a very nice woman named Valerie Walshe, who owns the Blackbird Gallery, which is in the same quadrant of shops. If you look at her website I'm certain she will have an email address on... More