Hidden away at the west end of the gaudy Temple Bar area in what is known as ‘the Old City’, you will find some real Irish designer products.
The Cow’s lane Designer market appears here every Saturday and attracts the more investigative tourist, being as it is hidden away in this small cultural enclave. On show you will find some of the best new Irish and International designers selling their mostly handmade wares. Everything here is unique and the opposite of the other end of Temple Bar!
Such as the beautiful wood turning done by Kieron Woods, who only works with wood from trees which have blown down or died naturally – having lived out their lives he turns them into both useful and ornamental objects with love and care. Or the beautiful jewelry of the ‘Trinket Box’ stall, where most of the items are one off pieces created from a myriad of unusual and beautiful materials. The list goes on – hand made pottery in distinctive celtic design, clothing made with quality silks and tweeds with a certain Chinese flavour of it’s designer.
A stroll through the market is a pleasurable experience and this is where you can find that quintessential Irish treasure to bring home – not in the gaudy gift shops selling leprechaun hats and bodhrans!
Cow’s lane itself is home to some wonderful design shops and tasty cafes, so whiling away a Saturday here could never be a waste.