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Trip List by Sarnia G

Souvenir Shopping in Ireland

Jan 12, 2012  I "heart" Ireland
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

If you're looking for a genuine souvenir by which to remember your visit to Ireland and don't want something "made in China" (or elsewhere), browse through this list for inspiration.
There are many many artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen working in Ireland today, and many places where you can meet the person who created your piece of pottery, clothing, jewellery or artwork.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list covering the whole of the Island, however, it does include many favourite visitor destinations.

  • 1. Powerscourt Townhouse
    Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin

    If you're looking for antiques or art, then a browse in Powerscourt Townhouse may turn up a treasure.
    "This is Knit" is also housed here: for all your knitting or crochet supplies, including yarn dyed in Ireland, and patterns created by Irish designers (eg "Aoibhe Ni")

  • 2. Avoca Shop, Suffolk Street, Dublin
    http://www.avoca.ie/home/explore/stores/?id=1

    If you haven't got time in your itinerary to visit the Avoca Woollen Mill in Wicklow, then call into their Dublin shop in Suffolk Street, just around the corner from the Visitor Centre.
    Gorgeous woollens (rugs, shawls, scarves etc), clothing, toiletries etc can be found in this lovely shop.

  • 3. Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Galway
    http://www.charliebyrne.com/

    For books old and new, a visit to Charlie Byrne's bookshop on Middle Street, Galway is a must for any booklover.

  • 4. Russell Gallery, New Quay, co. Clare
    http://www.russellgallery.net/index.html

    You will find a good selection of paintings by local artists at this lovely gallery on the edge of the Burren. Look for signs on the N67 between Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra

  • 5. Ballyvaughan Craft Fair, co. Clare
    http://www.burrencrafts.net/home.html

    Held every Sunday (and bank holiday Monday) from May through October, you can find some attractive crafts at this little fair, which is held in the village hall in Ballyvaughan.

  • 6. Burren Perfumery
    Burren Perfumery, Carron, The Burren

    All the items at Burren Perfumery are made with organic products: perfumes, creams, soaps etc. Small, and easy to pack, these make a perfect gift for yourself or loved one.

  • 7. Dingle Book Shop, Dingle, co. Kerry
    http://www.dinglebookshop.com/

    A super little bookshop located on Green Street, Dingle where you will find many books of local and Irish interest.

  • 8. Niamh Utsch Goldsmith, Dingle, co. Kerry
    http://www.nugoldsmith.com/

    Niamh designs distinctive pieces of jewellery using silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones. Many of her pieces are "one-off" designs.

  • 9. Dingle Crystal, Green Street, Dingle
    Dingle Crystal, Dingle, Dingle Peninsula

    Exquisite crystal from Sean, who trained at Waterford Crystal before setting up his own design studio in Dingle.

  • 10. Kathleen McAuliffe, Green Street, Dingle
    http://www.kathleenmcauliffe.com/

    Beautiful hand-made hats plus jewellery designed by Kathleen.
    Other Irish-made items also available from this attractive shop.

  • 11. Dingle Art Works, Green Street, Dingle
    http://www.dingleartworks.com/index.php?route=common/home

    You can purchase beautiful silk paintings from this shop on Green Street.

  • 12. Holden Leather Goods, Dingle Peninsula
    http://www.holdenleathergoods.com/hlg/index.php

    If you're looking for a hand-made leather bag - and have a generous amount of euros to spend, then call into Holden Leather Goods, located off the R559 on the outskirts of Dingle, heading towards Slea Head. (signposted from main road)

  • 13. Louis Mulcahy Pottery, Dingle Peninsula
    http://www.louismulcahy.com/

    Striking pottery designs at Louis Mulcahy on the Dingle Peninsula

  • 14. Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, Kenmare, co. Kerry
    Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, Kenmare

    If you're interested in lace design, or create lace yourself, you can purchase items at the Kenmare Lace Centre and view beautiful examples of Irish Lace.

  • 15. Enibas Jewellery, Schull, west Cork, and Kinsale, Cork
    http://www.enibas.com/index.cfm/page/home

    Striking and quirky designs from Enibas can be purchased in Schull, west Cork, or Kinsale, co. Cork.

  • 16. Kilkenny Design Centre, co. Kilkenny
    Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny

    At the Kilkenny Design Centre you'll find jewellery, clothing, pottery and other crafts from around Ireland. There's also a nice cafe on site.
    Located opposite Kilkenny Castle.

  • 17. John Hanley Woollens, near Nenagh, co. Tipperary
    http://www.johnhanly.com/

    This business has been in operation for over 100 years and is located in country lanes between Nenagh and Lough Derg, co. Tipperary.

  • 18. Glendowen Crafts, Clonmany, co. Donegal
    http://www.glendowen.com/

    A small craft shop on a rural country road, you'll find a nice selection of clothing including tweed items.

  • 19. An Clachán Art and Craft Gallery, Gweedore, co. Donegal
    http://www.gweedorecourthotel.com/about/an-clachan-gift-gallery

    Next to An Chuírt Hotel, Gweedore, this lovely gallery sells a super selection of paintings, glass, jewellery and other crafts.

  • 20. Sharon McDaid, Artist, Clonmany, co. Donegal
    http://www.sharonmcdaid.com/

    We stumbled across Sharon's gallery whilst driving through Donegal and couldn't resist adding to our (small) art collection.

  • 21. Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford, co. Mayo
    http://www.foxfordwoollenmills.com/

    Another historic woollen mill worth visiting if you're driving between Galway and Sligo, or staying in Westport.

  • 22. Skelligs Chocolate Co.
    Skelligs Chocolate Co., Ballinskelligs

    Perfect gift for the chocolate lover; look out for the exquisite hand-painted "drum" container filled with truffles.

  • 23. Burren Smokehouse, Ltd.
    Burren Smokehouse, Ltd., Lisdoonvarna, The Burren

    My favourite smoked salmon.
    If you're flying from Shannon you should be able to buy it and get it home within the recommended time without needing refrigeration.

  • 24. Lorge Chocolatier, Bonane, near Kenmare, co. Kerry
    http://lorge.ie/

    Award-winning chocolates from this little shop at Bonane, a couple of miles south of Kenmare.
    Selection also available at McCambridge's, Shop Street, Galway.

  • 25. Burren Gold Cheese and Home-made fudge from Aillwee Cave Farm Shop
    http://www.aillweecave.ie/farmshop.html

    Award-winning cheese and home-made fudge from this little farm shop located at the foot of Aillwee mountain. They often have Burren Smoked Salmon for sale, too.