David McCaul: “People buy our jewellery because it’s contemporary and hand-made. In Ireland it’s about the size of the stone; people don’t care that it’s a one-off.”

Although jewellery designer David McCaul characterises the first years of owning his London-based shop as “long hours and little money”, he was able t(...)

Ronald Le Bas assay master in the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hallmarking of precious metal jewellery is possibly the oldest form of consumer protection and dates back to the 14th century when King Edward I signe(...)

Olaf Liukowska with fellow pupils playing outdoors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish children are finding it difficult to stay slim. A delegation from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute recently told the Oireachtas that I(...)

Co-curator Suvi Saloniemi (right) and Taya Sipilä admire one of Taya’s pieces at The Nordic Effect exhibitions at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny (left)

A peripheral area of Europe with a small population, the Nordic region has nonetheless given the world its design for life. From furniture to p(...)

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