My Weekend: My favourite place to get away from the madness of the city is...

Kim Magee, Magee Jewellery, tells us about her work and her downtime
My Weekend: My favourite place to get away from the madness of the city is...
Kim Magee Jeweller

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a bespoke jewellery designer from Cork. I qualified from the Design Craft Council of Ireland Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design course, in Kilkenny, in 2017. I furthered my qualifications by completing the Diamond Practical Certificate Course programme, set out by the Gemological Association of Great Britain (GEM*A).

My passion for jewellery design began at a young age, in West Cork, where I spent my summers selling my unique, beaded designs at the country market. Over the years, my fascination and love for all things sparkly grew and, having spent time working with the talented jeweller and hand-engraver, Don O’Mahony, I discovered the multi-faceted layers involved in jewellery design and production. It was at this point I began to expand my repertoire into goldsmithing.

After finishing my studies, I set up Magee Jewellery. I create handmade, bespoke jewellery, using traditional goldsmithing techniques. I do everything, from simple, everyday jewellery to engagement and wedding bands. I also remodel old jewellery.

Jewellery creates special moments and lifelong memories and I feel privileged to be a part of the process.

I like to create a personalised experience and I am lucky to say that I love what I do. Our website is www.mageejewellery.com.

What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?

Friday nights are usually my chill-out nights at home. After a busy week, nothing beats a glass of wine with a movie, with my feet up.

Kim Magee working on her jewellery
Kim Magee working on her jewellery

Lie ins or up with the lark.. which is it for you?

I definitely enjoy a lie-in on the weekends, but during the week I am up early, along with the rest of the world.

Does work creep into your weekend at all?

I think, being self-employed, it is inevitable that work will creep into the weekend.

I love what I do, therefore I do not mind that happening, but I am also lucky, as I am able to make my schedule flexible to fit around other aspects of life.

If money was no object, where would you head to on a weekend city break? And who would you bring with you?

If money was no object, I would jet off to visit my sister, who is living in Wellington, New Zealand. I would take my wonderful parents with me. I know it would be a long way to travel for a weekend, but it would be worth it.

Closer to home, is there some place you like to head to recharge the batteries?

To recharge, I like to get in the car and head to Courtmacsherry, in West Cork. I have been spending my summers there since I was young. It is my favourite place to escape to and get away from the madness of the city.

Do you like to catch up with family/friends at the weekend?

I try to fit in both at the weekends. Friends and family are very important to me. Saturdays are usually dedicated to the girls. It’s nice to get together and catch up over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Sundays are nice to relax at home with family; maybe go for a spin or walk.

Some of Kim Magee's jewellery
Some of Kim Magee's jewellery

Do you get to indulge any hobbies? Even as a spectator?

I like to swim during the week. I have loved to swim since I was young, so I like to keep it up. I am looking forward to the summer, so I can dip my toes and go for a swim in the cold Irish Sea again. I also love to do Pilates and get outside for a walk to clear the head and get fresh air in the lungs.

Entertain or be entertained? If it’s the latter, do you have a signature dish?

I definitely like to entertain. I wouldn’t be the most amazing cook, but friendships are such an important part of life. I don’t know where I’d be without my friends, so getting them altogether around the table is my way of saying thanks.

My key to entertaining is to keep things simple. My go-to dish would be homemade pizzas. I love going to Iago and the English Market to pick up fresh bits for the pizza. Pizza is a crowd-pleaser and it allows me to do most of the preparation in advance, leaving plenty of time to have the chats with my friends. For dessert (the most important part), I like to get the cocktail shaker out and make some espresso martinis. I spent years working in bars, so whipping up some cocktails is second nature.

We have so many places to eat out in Cork. Where are your go-to spots for coffee/lunch/special meal?

Cork has so many amazing spots to eat. If it is a special occasion, my go-to is Cafe Paradiso. The food is amazing and the staff are wonderful. I never leave disappointed. If in the mood for a steak, Elbow Lane is, hands down, the best spot. I like to grab my coffee from Orso (best coffee in Cork) and they also do delicious lunch and it is also available for takeaway, which is nice and handy during the week, when I am at work.

Sunday night comes around too fast.. how do you normally spend it?

I usually spend my Sunday nights getting myself ready for the week ahead. I like to try to get an early night on a Sunday, so I can start my week off fresh.

What time does your alarm clock go off on Monday morning?

My alarm goes off at 7:30 on a Monday morning.

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