Brian de Staic attended the Crawford College of Art, to study art & design. He then trained as an apprentice Jeweller for 7 years with a well-known Cork Jeweller, Diamond Mounter and Setter. After this, he worked in a jewellery workshop after he qualified where he furthered his skills and trained as a hand engraver. To gain more insight into Brian de Staic himself, we asked him some personal questions.
Where are you originally from?
Brian de Staic: I’m from Blarney Street, Cork City.
If not from the Peninsula - what brought you here?
Brian de Staic: My father was a Kerryman. I’m always supported Kerry football. I fell in love with Corca Dhuibhne and moved here in 1977. I loved living in The Gaeltacht and became fluent in Irish. I met my wife Máiréad Ní Mhulláin from Killaney in 1980. We started Brian de Staic Jewellery in 1981.
What area do you now reside in?
Brian de Staic: Corráille, Baile na nGall. Our house is situated opposite Com an Lochaigh.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Brian de Staic: Creating, designing and developing new techniques.
What are you most proud of?
Brian de Staic: My family, my wife Máiréad, our sons Seán, Dara and Cian. Megan and our granddaughter Fiadh.
Tell me something I would never guess about you?
Brian de Staic: I have an All-Ireland medal for hurdles.
Any other information you'd like to share?
Brian de Staic: I’m so happy to live in magical Corca Dhuibhne. The beauty and the archaeology are a constant inspiration for me.