The Happy Pear Café & Retail Shop
At The Happy Pear we feel really honoured and privileged to be a part of the wonderful community of Clondalkin and South Dublin County Council’s latest tourism and heritage development. Ever since we started The Happy Pear journey back in 2004, we have wanted to inspire as many people as possible to live a happier, healthier life and enjoy being part of a community, and we are thrilled that we are now able to take this dream beyond Greystones.
In addition to our fantastic new Round Tower Café and food store, there is a beautiful herbaceous gardens with a stunning outdoor dining area. And, to top it all off, Clondalkin is home to one of Ireland’s most unique historical and cultural features, the mighty Round Tower!
Round Tower candle, €19
Candle “Roundtower”, height ca 30 cm, diameter at base ca 7cm. 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.
St. Mochua and the Round Tower by Joe Williams, published by South Dublin Libraries, €5
This book tells the history of the early monastic settlement at Clondalkin, of St Mochua and of Clondalkin Round Tower. Clondalkin was a very important monastic settlement and its influence spread not just through the Clondalkin area but also through North Kildare where there are a number of monastic settlements attributed to St Mochua. The coming of Christianity to Ireland and its spread by missionaries such as St Kevin, St Ciaran and St Mochua is explored. Clondalkin Round Tower is the foremost national monument in the Clondalkin area and is a well-known sight to all visitors to the area, and for many years the Round Tower has featured on postcards of the area. This book helps to explain its origin and functions. The author, Joe Williams, is a well-known local historian in the Clondalkin area and is an active member of Clondalkin History Society. Free download here.
Hellfire Hill: A Human and Natural History by Michael Fewer, published by South Dublin Libraries, €8
Michael Fewer is an architect, environmentalist and writer who has been walking the landscape around Hellfire Hill, or Montpelier, for the past 45 years. He imparts the knowledge he has gained in that time in this, his latest book. Also available from all branches of South Dublin Libraries and Timbertrove Country Store and Café.
If Those Trees Could Speak by Frank Tracy, published by South Dublin Libraries, €5
The history of the hill is covered from ancient Neolithic times to the ghoulish tales of South Dublin County’s most infamous landmark, the Hellfire Club, as well as the natural history of the landscape. Free download here.
Artysmarty, Prices from €20-€25
At artysmarty we specialize in making fun, playful, unique jewellery pieces that are enjoyed and worn every day. We create pieces that embellish, enhance and dress outfits, splash colour and make you feel good. Each piece is individually hand-crafted in our Dublin studio with materials like wood, cotton, resin and antiqued chains. Some might say whimsical, witty fashion jewellery with inspiration and themes drawn from nature – we say “I hope you love it!”
Eclectic Lens Black and White Photographs, Prices from €8-€17
The paper used is manufactured from pure cotton fiber and has been used for drawing and printmaking for over 500 years. It is claimed that the paper is so durable that it will remain beautiful and vibrant for centuries without conservation, hence the inclusion of the infinity sign in the watermark on the paper. The paper is made without acid or optical brighteners and is mould-made and gelatin-sized. The inks used to create the images are 100% black pigment and are exceptionally resistant to fading and other deterioration caused by natural elements. This results in prints with the best light-fastness and longevity.