Blog - Kilkenny Shop

  1. Meet The Maker: Roisin O'Farrell

    Roisin O’Farrell is an Irish artist who brings a collection of art to the Kilkenny Shop that captures the epitome of the Irish home. Her colourful and expressive paintings are created using rich textured oils that add character and warmth. For such vibrant, confident paintings using intricate techniques, it may surprise many fans of her work that Roisin is self-taught and did not intend to become an artist when she set out on her career.

    We caught up with Roisin from her studio where she inspired us w

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  2. How To Elevate Your Christmas Table Setting

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    We can’t wait for Christmas this year and we suspect that you can’t either! Glimpses of Christmas trees and fairy lights have been appearing all over the country but the bit we are most looking forward to is getting together over a delicious Christmas dinner, swapping presents, pulling crackers and just getting to enjoy time with the people we love. Your Christmas table will be the centre of all festive feelings this year and we’re here to help you make it a dining experience to remember!

    TOP CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIPS

    Head of Creative for the Kilkenny Shop, Fearghal Kavanagh put together this beautiful look to inspire christmas table setting ideas from our Christmas shop. We asked him for his top tip on creating a stand out Christmas table, he said:

    “First plan ahead f

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  3. The Complete Guide to Sending Christmas Gifts To Ireland

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    Sending Christmas gifts to family in Ireland when you are living abroad can take some organising! Post office queues, packaging everything up, trying to find something for everybody. We know this and we have some ideas on how to make it a lot easier, check

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  4. The Most Thoughtful Christmas Gifts To Send Abroad This Year

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    Many of us have a family member or friend living abroad this year who can’t make it home for Christmas. No doubt they will have a lovely time w

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  5. The Ultimate Guide To Engagement Presents For Your Friend

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    It’s a momentous occasion, your friend is taking the big step forward in life and getting married! To celebrate thoughtful engagement presents are a must but what do people even give as engagement presents these days? How much do you spend? How do you pick something that the couple can both enjoy?

    To help you to navigate all of these considerations, we h

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  6. Christmas Gifts For Her – Jewellery Trends That Won’t Disappoint

    “Jewellery is a timeless gift to give and one that can last a lifetime.”

    We know that jewellery is going to be a massive one this year for Christmas as people really want to give something meaningful to the people they care about. Another reason for jewellery in the spotlight is because it’s one fashion accessory that remains strong for glamming up a casual outfit even if it’s just for a zoom call or a small get together. So it’s also perfect for the f

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  7. From Practical To Precious: Top 10 Wedding Gift Ideas

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    Micro-weddings are officially having a moment. The traditional Irish celebration where the happy couple (plus their 200 guests) dance until the early hours of the morning is on hold for now. In its place is a more intimate affair, where the newlyweds can enjoy the most cherished day of their lives with their nearest and dearest. 

    The wedding day itself isn’t the only thing changing; our choice of wedding gift ideas are too. Wedding gift etiquette is always a minefield; what is an appropriate amount to spend? Sh

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  8. 8 Must Have Christmas Decorations From Our Collection

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    We just can’t wait for Christmas to come around and this year we’re on the theme of tradition for our Christmas decorations. That means big unapologetic gold, red and glittery baubles on your tree, it means a wreath at your door and of course it means movies by the fire and sending Christmas cards the old fashioned way. 

    To add to all this sense of cosy nostalgia, here are our top traditional themed picks for adding to that Christmas feel in your home this year and

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  9. Clever Hack For Wearing Face Coverings That Can Reduce Stress

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    How are you finding wearing a face covering? 

    Some people are finding face coverings unpleasant as they feel they can't breathe. Wearing a face covering, even for short periods of time, can make some people feel claustrophobic and can be anxiety-inducing - even for those who have never suffered from anxiety previously. For others it's the smell of the mask that can be off-putting and uncomfortable - especially when your own recycled breath is added to the mix!

    Luckily, Yogandha Oils are leading the way

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  10. Christmas Room Decor Ideas - Tips From An Expert

    When you walk down the main street of your nearest town or city at Christmas time, you are sure to be met with beautiful window displays that trigger that feel of festive cheer. This year in store and on our windows at the Kilkenny Shop, we are embracing a theme of tradition to celebrate all the things we know and love about Christmas. We know that an extra special effort is going to be made by all this year to bring that same festive cheer into homes across the country. 


    Having created over 100 Christmas window displays in his career, we figured that our Group Creative Director Fearghal Kavanagh would have some great advice to share

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