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Kilkenny Handwrought Silver

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Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland
Phone Number: 056 7763490

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Master craftsman in the heart of a lovely town.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2016
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5 of 5 stars 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 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 stars 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.

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Herzebrock, Germany
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5 of 5 stars 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 hint to buy or advertising to his products. In the way he speak, we know... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 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 stars Reviewed May 10, 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 stars Reviewed August 20, 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 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 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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Kingfield, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

This was one of my highlights of visiting Kilkenny also. Located in a small shop off the courtyard of Kilkenny Design Center, he is a true craftsman & all of his handcrafted pieces are unique & one-of-a-kind. I saw a pendant in the window that spoke to me & my husband purchased it for my 50th birthday which I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Des Byrne's Silversmith shop is in the grounds of the Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny. The shop is tucked away in the courtyard so make sure you look for him. He makes all his handwrought silver in his workshop which is on the premises and he is certainly 'one of a kind'. Such a lovely man. I purchased a kilkenny design... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

I enjoy buying quality, handmade silver jewlery for my wife. I was delighted to speak with Desmond Byrne, a noted Irish silversmith. The handmade items were of high quality and distinctly Irish in nature. When I left the shop, I felt that I had learned a little more of Irish history.

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