I recommend a visit to the Nicholas Mosse Pottery shop, in a picturesque spot overlooking the River Nore, in Benettsbridge, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The handcrafted pottery is beautiful; the reduced-price tables sell more affordable plates, cups, pitchers, etc. It's fun to watch the pottery being made through the open display window, and we loved the cafe. It was one of our best meals in Ireland, wasn't expensive and had the best scones, jam and clotted cream.
Nicholas Mosse; http://www.nicholasmosse.com, 011-353-56-7727505. Open 10 a.m.-6p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1:30-5 p.m. Sundays.