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A wonderful craftsman and a pleasure to deal with.

I’ve bought a number of items from Des over the past few years, some for me but mostly as special... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2018
Liam T
Dublin, Ireland
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 July 19, 2017
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Jul 10, 2018
“A wonderful craftsman and a pleasure to deal with.”
Jul 19, 2017
“Fantastic Shop and Even Better Businessman”
Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 3490
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

I’ve bought a number of items from Des over the past few years, some for me but mostly as special - and not always very expensive - gifts for friends. He is a lovely man, skilled and honest and dependable, and his work is first...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 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

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank bradbeauvais
Reviewed April 5, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed February 12, 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

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank John S
Reviewed November 1, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank SusanMarie3
Reviewed September 13, 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

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Tony S
Reviewed August 2, 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

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank esamlen
Reviewed April 1, 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

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank krankenschwester600
Reviewed November 14, 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.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Mum-and-Poppy
Reviewed June 24, 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

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Rainer S
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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
November 15, 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