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The Cat and The Moon News


Welcome to our news page, here we will keep you updated on news and happenings from within our lovely shop.
We will share stories about our makers and designers, some information and interesting things happening in the world of Irish Design and Craft, and the various events that we creste within our shop.

Gifting at The Cat and The Moon

Our shop is brimming over with so many lovely handmade gifts this season, our store room is choc-a-bloc! It is without doubt our most favourite time of the year and what we love most is sharing the present ideas, the craic and most importantly the gift wrapping with you all! Here are some of our picks for the Lads in your lives.

‘Night Closes In’ by Hugh Mc Conville

Hugh lives in Strandhill in County Sligo. His photography reflects a true locals eye for this landscape. His images display a real appreciation for the way light can illuminate a landscape. His talent as a photography is undeniable. This image is taken from Strandhill beach looking back to Benbulben mountain. Its atmosphere is powerful, and the blue and navy’s and greys are stunning against the white mount and frame.

McNutt Scarves

We may have mentioned these before… just once or twice! The quality is everlasting, the warmth and softness a sure talking point on Christmas morning. These are a simple and super high quality gift.

Sterling Silver Newgrange Cufflinks

A heritage gift, something very special. These are part of Martina Hamilton’s very early designs. They speak of history, culture and a sense of place. A  pair of cufflinks are a gift that will surely be cherished, as well as being remarkably practical!

Hand turned wooden Bud Vase, by Ambrose and Brid

Wood is a classic and sought after gift for men, and we know why. These vases are little, tactile things of perfection. A simple and elegant gift, with the makers touch so very apparent, These vases are turned my hand by woodworking couple Ambrose and Brid in their workshop in Clare Galway.

Gardners Soap, by Donegal Handmade Soap Company

A perfect stocking filler for the hardworking gardener, or just the one who potters around getting muddy. These soaps are totally natural, palm oil free and made with love and care by Isobella in Co. Donegal.

Welcome Home, Hand painted glass wall art by Black Hen Designs

Got somebody visiting home for the festive season? Are they a fan of contemporary Irish design? Then this is perfect for wrapping up under the tree. Hand painted glass, a symbolic and special piece by Black Hen Designs. Each one of these pieces is painted by hand Andrew and his wife Vida  in their studio in Co. Roscommon.

All of these gifts are available both online and in our shop. Whatever you choose we will be most happy to share our present ideas, the Christmas banter, and most importantly our signature purple giftwrap! 


Throughout 2019 The Cat and The Moon has been celebrating the very
significant milestone of being 30 years in business! That’s three decades spent
creating stunning handmade jewellery, providing a destination outlet for Irish craft
workers to showcase and sell their incredible and diverse creations, and
providing a home for art and design of highest quality, all handmade in Ireland.
Last week as part of the celebrations of their 30 th birthday the iconic Sligo
business was very happy to reveal a well-kept secret.

A Hidden Gem Revealed!

“Within the shop and gallery premises on Castle Street there have been some very busy days behind the scenes this year” maintains shop founder Martina Hamilton. “It is our Pearl anniversary and we’re going to mark it in style.” All that work culminated this week when Martina and her team cut the ribbon of a totally new Jewellery Design Studio. This hidden gem, situated right inside the shop is the new showcase home for the Martina Hamilton Jewellery collection, and most particularly for a thriving bespoke jewellery design service that is as popular and enduring as the shop itself.

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