The village of Bennettsbridge is situated on one of the most delightful stretches of the river Nore, about 6km from Kilkenny City, on the main road to Thomastown and New Ross. Bennettsbridge owes its name to Saint Bennet and its strategic importance to its position by a major crossing on the river Nore. The first bridge was built on the site in 1285 and it was dedicated to the saint. The present bridge was completed in the mid 18th century. The village is part of the parish of Tullaherin, home to the monastic site of that name, including an almost intact 9th century round tower.
There is record of Bennett’s Bridge in 1393, when John Midleton, guardian of the chapel of St. Mary received licence to fortify the bridge. The ancient viaduct was destroyed by the great flood of 1793. The Great Flood washed away many of the major bridges crossing the River Nore and so a comprehensive rebuilding programme was initiated in the eighteenth-century. Bennett’s Bridge is an important element of the civil engineering and transport heritage of County Kilkenny and is included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) Building Survey.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge.
The decoration was rurally inspired often using images of animals and plants popular in the region. Nick set up the pottery in an old flour mill producing his pottery in the traditional way, by hand. The clay was mixed locally and the kilns were fired by hydropower from the nearby river Nore. Using the inspiration of the quiet rural surroundings, the pottery was decorated by hand with a wide range of natural forms and patterns. From these small beginnings the business has evolved into being one of Ireland’s best known and most popular potteries. We now produce an extensive range of patterns and shapes all still made and decorated by hand.
MOTH TO A FLAME
In business since 1999, Moth to a Flame has won a reputation for distinctive textured colourful candles. The candles are designed and handmade by Larry Kinsella in his workshop in Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny.
Originally from Co. Wexford, Larry studied food business and worked in the food industry for several years but it was time spent managing a large candle factory that introduced him to chandlery. With an interest and flair for craft and design, he developed and made a range of candles from the garage of his Kilkenny home and exhibited them at the 1999 Showcase trade fair. The response from trade buyers was so strong that he launched Moth to a Flame and opened a workshop and showroom in Bennettsbridge.
Locating the company in Bennettsbridge, an area known for high-quality craft, was an important factor in the company’s success, as was joining the Kilkenny Craft Trail and subsequently, MADE in Kilkenny.
Since those early days the company has gone from strength to strength and is widely known for innovative and striking designer candles.
Moth to a Flame’s clients include craft shops, hotels, restaurants and churches.
The company also produces commissioned work. Larry’s candles have featured in music videos, films and TV series.
Since 2001 Larry has been designing and making candle displays for weddings. This is a unique service whereby he handcrafts colour themed arrangements for the church and reception. Commissions vary from marquees to registry offices to cathedrals and castles.
In June 2007 the company moved to a larger premises on the Kilkenny side of the bridge where visitors are welcome to watch these special candles being made as they browse in the Moth to a Flame candle shop.
Online Carpets and Furniture Shop in Bennettsbridge
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Changing Times - Treacy’s Carpets and Furniture has been serving Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny and surrounding counties for almost 30 years and while sticking to our traditional ideals of quality products and service, we also recognize the need to move with the times and so in this digital era we have established a strong online presence which continues to grow every day. Visit our website at www.treacyscarpetsandfurniture.ie, or www.tcaf.ie for short and you can browse and buy directly from our ever expanding catalogue from the comfort of your own home. This doesn’t mean that we compromise on our service though – our customers can still expect the same delivery and set-up services, free of charge, regardless of whether they buy in our store in Bennettsbridge or from our website.
Supporting our website we also have a strong presence on Facebook with our page currently enjoying around 3000 followers. We use Facebook to keep our customers up to date on what’s happening in our business as well as to promote special offers. We also run regular competitions where we give stuff away and we also run regular auctions where you have the opportunity to bid on great products and the chance to pick up some fantastic bargains. So follow us on Facebook at Treacys.Carpetsandfurniture.
Next year, 2014, will mark our 30th anniversary year. The business was founded by Michael Treacy in 1984 having already had many years of experience in the furniture and carpet retail sector. A well known native ‘Bridge man, Michael was well-supported by the community and surrounds, support which he put to good use in building the business. Michael’s aim was to provide quality carpets and furniture to his customers at the best possible price and so right from the start he established and nurtured relationships with many of the brand names well known in the industry and aligning with Michael’s own ideals. Iconic names like Navan Carpets, Ulster Carpets, Odearest, Rossmore Furniture, G-Plan Upholstery, La-z-boy were available from Treacy’s Carpets and Furniture from the early years and are all still available today, testament to Michael’s great ability to spot enduring quality brands who would be around to support their, and our, customers through the toughest of economic times.
While Michael is involved more in an advisory capacity today, the ideals which he enshrined in the business are still evident. Good quality products from top quality suppliers at the best value prices around are what we strive to achieve every day of the week. Providing a good quality product, though, is only half the story. The other half is our service, and we aim to provide the best possible service to all of our customers. We still provide a free delivery service. When a customer’s furniture is delivered, we’ll place it exactly where it’s required, check that everything is OK and then remove all of the packaging for recycling so that you can enjoy your new furniture from the minute our expert delivery team leave your home. Don’t just take our word for it though. Here’s what Kathleen from Tullagher had to say about our products and service:
“Treacy’s provided me with excellent advice in store regarding leather sofa options. Delivery was prompt and they were very accommodating in taking away my old suite and delivering it to another house for me. They have a good range of stock in store and an efficient delivery service. Recommended.”
Finally, thanks to all our customers who have supported us over the last 30 years. We look forward to continuing to serve you locally, nationally and even internationally for the next 30 years and beyond.