The Southeast

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  • 1. Ardmore Pottery & Craft Shop

    Home to potter Mary Lincoln, a poll of Irish Times readers a few years back agreed this is one of the most beloved, creative, and cleverly stocked craft shops in the country, with everything from Lynsey de Burca's silver jewelry to McNutt's fine tweeds and linens. You can even watch Mary work at the wheel and purchase some of her own beautiful, delicate designs.

    Cliff Rd., Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
    024-94152
  • 2. Kilkenny Design Centre

    One of Ireland's favorite sources for Irish handicrafts, the Kilkenny Design Centre sells ceramics, jewelry, sweaters, and handwoven textiles. This spot in the old stable yard opposite the castle also has a restaurant specializing in hearty Irish fare.

    Opposite Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-772–2118
  • 3. Nicholas Mosse Pottery

    One of the best-known names in Irish ceramics, Mosse first set up his potter's wheel in an old flour mill in 1975. Since then, the shop's rustic floral-pattern pottery has become instantly recognizable for its "spongeware" designs. A visit to the shop, in a quiet village 16 km (10 miles) south of Kilkenny, allows you to see the pottery being made, and the adjoining factory shop often has good bargains.

    Off Annamult Rd., Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-772–7505
  • 4. Barkers

    Established in 1848, Waterford crystal, Belleek china, local pottery, linens, and crafts are found here in tempting array.

    36 S. Main St., Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
    053-912–3159
  • 5. Jerpoint Glass Studio

    You can see glass being blown at this noted family-run studio, where the glass is heavy, modern, uncut, and hand-finished using traditional tools and methods. The studio's factory shop, 16 km (10 miles) south of Kilkenny, is a good place to pick up a bargain.

    Main St., Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-772–4350
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  • 6. Martin's Jewellers

    This popular shop specializes in bespoke Celtic jewelry. Have it made before your eyes in the attached workshop.

    2 Lower Rowe St., Wexford, Co. Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
    053-912–2635
  • 7. Murphy Jewellers

    This county favorite specializes in silver and diamond jewelry.

    85 High St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-772–1127
  • 8. Penrose Crystal

    Check out the quality goods at the town's handmade-crystal factory. With a little notice, Penrose can have a personally engraved piece waiting for you when you arrive.

    32 John St., Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
    051-876–537
  • 9. Rudolf Heltzel

    German-born but living in Kilkenny since the 1960s, Rudolf Heltzel is known for striking, modern designs and mostly showcases gold and silver jewelry.

    10 Patrick St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-772–1497
  • 10. Sweater Shop

    You'll find a great selection of Irish knitwear and accessories for men, women, and children at this popular shop.

    81 High St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    056-776–3405
  • 11. Tower Gift Shop

    You'll find a mix of local arts and crafts and kitschy souvenirs, along with insights into what's going on around the city, in this fun little gift shop.

    128 Parade Quay, Waterford, Co. Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
    086-407–3191
  • 12. Westgate Design

    A good selection of quality Irish crafts, clothing, pottery, candles, and jewelry is found at Westgate Design. There's also a restaurant and deli.

    22A N. Main St., Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
    053-912–3787
  • 13. Kiltrea Bridge Pottery

    Closed Permanently

    Garden pots and country kitchen crocks are just a few of the goodies at this pottery studio and shop just west of Enniscorthy.

    Kiltealy Rd., Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
    053-923–5107

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