“Adorning the walls of the cafe will be the stunning works of art by my beautiful and talented aunt, Kate Walsh. One of the very first decor decisions I made was that I would like to hang some of Kate’s work on the walls. All the paintings are for sale, so do please take a good look when you’re in.” -Kate Luan Collins


A native of Bray, Co. Wicklow. Kate lives in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. Kate studied in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, graduating in 2003 with a first class honours Degree in Fine Art. Kate has extensively exhibited her work in group shows and has had several solo exhibitions.She has completed the Arts and Empowerment Facilitation training course with Crawford College and has given workshops for the Junction Festival and the County Museum in Clonmel. She has taught art in Ogra Corcaí, a community youth project in Cork and in the National Training Network Clonmel.
An active member of Cork Printmakers since 2003, Kate has served on the board and taken part in various group shows.

My work to date has been mainly figurative. I also like to work on images drawn from the Irish landscape as well as taking inspiration from my love of international travel and world culture.In my printmaking practice I primarily use etching, spitbite and photopolymer processes. I work directly from a combination of my own source material: drawings, paintings, life drawings and photography.

“Some pretty pictures and nice thoughts….“

Grow Your Own Food!
Ballymaloe Cookery School Greenhouse - This is where we learned the importance of seasonal and sustainable sourcing of food.
Natures Alarm Clock
This beautiful creature was our morning alarm clock during our time at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co Cork.
Fire Wood
Mastering the art of cooking over fire was one of the most crucial evolutionary moments of our history. The new nutrients and extra energy of cooked meat meant our brains could develop.
Get Lost in the Woods
To be active is to be alive. Being active in the outdoors improves your mental health, reduces stress, gives you an extra surge in energy levels and a healthy dose of Vitamin D. You don't have to climb a mountain; a gentle walk can be enough.
Breaking Bread
Breaking bread with others is a time honoured act of kinship and solidarity. Cooking and baking is, at its root, caring for others.
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" - Albert Einstein
A happy home is one that gives you a sense of warmth, calm and belonging. These attributes will never be restricted to square footage or area codes.
Who We Are..
Smith, Potter, Cooper, Mason, Miller, Baker.... are all family names derived from occupations. Knowing how to do or make something used to be a vital part of who we are; this has been somewhat forgotten in the digital age. This month, try and learn a new skill...
When Life gives you Lemons..
make lemonade: - Mix 150g of sugar with 250ml of water, dissolve then bring to the boil for 2mins and let cool. -Juice 6 Lemons -Combine, add a sprig of mint and some ice - Add sparkling water to taste, approx 2 pints
You will never know everything, it's an unachievable task. But don't stop trying to learn and with everything you learn, teach.
Glendalough Lake, Co Wicklow
A beautiful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Reflect, gather your thoughts and gain a sense of perspective.
Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
Nature soothes you and allows time to reflect on the very essence of what life is all about.
Spice it up, simply....
Keep it simple, there is no need to over complicate your cooking. A little hint of the right spice can be all you need to let your ingredients become a decadent dish.
The Swedish word "Fika" is a singular word for 'the coming together over coffee and cake'. Although it's not just about the cake, it's about enjoying moments of everyday indulgence and balance. It's taking the time out of life to slow down and recalibrate. A time when everything else is put on hold.
Foraging at the shoreline
Ballycotton Beach, Co Cork "Self sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth" - Epicurus
Willow & Wild
No. 2 Courthouse Square
Co Kildare
W23 E2H9
Phone: 01 6016750
Mail: hello@willowandwild.ie
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Wednesday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Thursday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Friday – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday – 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday – 10.00 am to 4.00pm