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Non-naff ways to go green & buy Irish this St Patrick’s Day


By Marlene Wessels
17th Mar 2018
Non-naff ways to go green & buy Irish this St Patrick’s Day

We all know it’s important to celebrate our native culture and heritage on St Patrick’s Day, but this sentiment can get a bit lost between bank holiday celebrations, parades, green pints and, this year, a notable meeting with the Auld Enemy.

Today, we’re celebrating the incredible history of craft we have in this country, and the wonderful makers and creatives who are continuing in the tradition of small industry innovation, by shining a spotlight on some of our favourite Irish made products.

Joan Woods from Waters + Wild creates perfumes using the finest raw and organic ingredients in an ancient stone barn in West Cork. Tuberose + Frankincense perfume, €120, watersandwild.com

We adore these personalised Merino woolly hats and one will last a lifetime. With the bulk of the wool sourced from Donegal, each hat is made to order so you can have fun picking your own colour combinations. Merino Wool Hats, €55, liadainaiken.com

Made in the heart of Dublin, these socks are crafted from 100% Jacobs Wool, then hand-dyed with natural dyes. Indigo Sky Wool Socks, €36, kathryndavey.com

Simple and functional, Aran Street East homewares are suitable for everyday life, and the stoneware is made in their studio on Little Green Street, tucked away in Dublin’s Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market. The new colours are directly inspired by the city, including Copper Green from the Four Courts, and Portland Stone from the iconic Custom House. arranstreeteast.ie


Is there a more fitting print for the day that’s in it? Jando’s contemporary and bold colour art prints are the perfect gift for a friend abroad – or to yourself. St Patrick’s Cathedral, from €20, jandodesign.com

This super soft herringbone throw (a mix of cashmere and merino wool), is from the family-run weavers John Hanly & Company, and makes for an easy room update. Spring Green Throw €125, irishdesignshop.com.

Field Apothecary candles are made with essential oils and hand-poured in small batches in the rolling hills of County Down. This one perfectly captures the scent of an Irish spring. Rain Candle, £30, fieldapothecaryireland.com

Send Paddy’s day greetings with a fun, design-led card, printed on a premium uncoated environmentally-friendly paper. Paddy’s Day card, €3.25, boldbunny.ie


Superfolk is the home studio of Gearoid Muldowney and Jo Anne Butler, whose prints and candleholders embrace the raw beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. superfolk.com

Featured photo by Ambitious Creative Co. – Rick Barrett on Unsplash