Celebrate Irish with 20 Irish Brands to Know & Love
‘Tis the season for celebrating Irish when St.Patrick’s Day starts to roll around the corner. People who love Ireland or live in Ireland start to feel a little tug in their heart of national pride. Ireland is a truly special place full of mighty cliffs, rivers and other natural beauties, famous for hospitality and friendliness celebrated the world over and bursting with history and culture. One thing we sometimes forget to be proud of on St.Patrick's Day is all the amazing Irish brands that deserve our celebration for the role that they have played in our heritage both past and present.
Kilkenny Design has its own history in Irish culture having started out over 50 years ago as a design workshop for Ireland’s budding designers and makers. We continue to showcase emerging talent and brands from Ireland as well as the household names famous around the world.
Here are 20 Irish brands to know and love from long established to fresh and up-and-coming.
As the name suggests, all their products are made by hand in Slane Co.Meath. Founded by Donagh Quigley with an ethos of being as kind to the earth as they are to your skin, The Handmade Soap Company is an Irish brand that epitomises modern influences of fragrances from around the world.
Inspired by Irish language and heritage, Enibas is a beautiful jewellery collection featuring inscriptions in Irish and made in West Cork by Sabine Lenz. The brand’s biggest moment in the spotlight when Barack Obama’s daughters were gifted jewellery from Enibas during his official visit to Ireland.
One of Ireland’s best known brands is Waterford Crystal. Bringing 200 years of design and craftsmanship that is instantly recognisable all around the globe. The distinct crystal patterns are found on vases, glassware, photo frames, bowls and other homeware items all designed to last a lifetime.
The cold unforgiving winter climate in Ireland has traditionally gone hand in hand with top quality woolen garments and blankets to cuddle up by the fire with. John Hanly is a fourth generation weaver based in Tipperary where those traditions are continued to provide superior quality John Hanly throws created using only natural fibres.
Shock of Grey is a wonderful example of new creative talent bursting with the vibes of contemporary Ireland. Shock of Grey is a colourful jewellery collection made entirely by hand by Dublin based designer Sarah Carroll Kelly. The vibrant mixes of colour and unusual shapes make the brand so fun and distinct.
The luxury candle brand that has been established since 1488, Dublin based Rathbornes is the world’s oldest candle making company. Rathbornes have been lighting up homes, lighthouses, churches and even street lamps for hundreds of years.
Jill & Gill is a brand that represents sustainably conscious, modern Irish attitude. Created by Dublin based designer and print maker duo, the brand includes wall prints and clothing featuring colourful patterns and sometimes favourite female heroines.
With a pattern collection created 25 years ago that is still popular today, Nicholas Mosse captures something truly timeless in his pottery designs. He uses the traditional Irish 'spongeware' method using simple heartwarming shapes with a decoration applied using a cut sponge.
Retro lighting that would make for a funky-yet-sophisticated addition to someone's home office, bedroom or living area. Copperfish lamps are designed and made in Co. Wicklow with bases made from salvaged and storm-fallen timber, selected for their character. Each lamp comes with a wonderfully unique handwritten label describing its provenance.
Founded by Sonica Deasy and based in Co. Kildare, Pestle and Mortar is a new Irish beauty brand that has shot to international success after selling out in 7 minutes when entering the U.S. market. Designed to enhance beauty naturally, Pestle & Mortar contains active ingredients combined with nourishing natural extracts.
Fall in love with the new Irish designed leather handbags and accessories brand founded by Julie Peelo in 2020. Julie has worked with some of the world’s top fashion brands and now brings her own creations home. Featuring clutches, crossbodies, totes and wallets that are super chic with a touch of fun.
BBpapercuts Prints are handmade in Dublin by artist Barbara Burke who uses the pattern of Irish roads, rivers and coastlines to create contemporary papercut maps. Each county has its own unique design that make for wonderful gift ideas for people who love their home county.
Based in Carlingford, Co.Louth Garrett Mallon designed jewellery inspired by the beautiful landscape he is surrounded by and the rich heritage of Ireland. Using traditional skills, Garrett combines metals, textures and design to create jewellery that tells a story about Ireland.
Designed, handcrafted and fired by John at his workshop in Sligo, John Ryan Ceramics are a gorgeous contemporary take on design using traditional methods.
Rebeka Kahn is a bespoke Irish artist who creates ceramic art in her studio at the bottom of the Wicklow Mountains. Her ceramics brings Irish scenery to life in a unique way.
Designed with superior sustainable fabrics, Trendy & Bendy is a new athleisure clothing brand made for both gym and everyday on the go fashion. Based out of Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow, Trendy & Bendy is made to enhance every shape and size.
Created by Irish TV presenter Darren Kennedy, Kennedy & Co is a men’s grooming range that uses the best of global scientific skin technology with nourishing of Irish ingredients. Darren’s collection includes beard oil, hair styling clay, moisturiser, cleanser and eye gel.
West End Knitwear offers the knowledge and tradition of three generations of knitwear manufacturing. Its Aran sweaters are a must-have by those who visit Ireland and the warm, high quality finishes are a timeless fashion investment.
Sam agus Nessa is an Irish homeware brand based in Co.Kildare loved for their quirky wood based products made from local Irish sustainable supply sources. We adore their Grizzly Bear Clock perfect for a kids room and their heart shaped Mo Chroí candle holder ideal for a new home owner.
Created using the powerful nutrients of the sea, Voya is made in Stradbally Co.Sligo. The family owned business hand harvest seaweed from the Atlantic sea to develop a product range rich in minerals and vitamins that is used in spas all over the world.
Visit Kilkenny Design to shop more of Ireland's best loved brands.