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Galway is famous, amongst other things, for Claddagh rings.
The Claddagh itself was an area of the town, near to where the river enters the sea. Nowadays it is an open grassy area that is worth a short walk from town - especially when that invigorating Atlantic breeze is blowing.
The full story of the history of this particular type of celtic jewelry can be found at the website listed below.
I won't recommend a particular shop - as it comes down to personal taste, but there are several to choose from.
What to buy: Rings start at less than 30 Euro and go up to several thousand. They can also be incorporated into bridal crowns and stuff.
Written Jan 8, 2004
All the major usual suspects fill this shopping centre, plus a few of the larger Irish chains such as Penny's and Dunnes stores.
I can quite happily by-pass the whole lot of them, but I must applaud the designers of the centre who have very cleverly created a 60-shop centre without majorly affecting the surrounding area. I believe the main site was a former timber yard, that also included at stretch of 14th century medieval wall, with a couple of houses. These have been integrated into the design and the wall actually used as part of the structural support for the roof.
Updated Aug 20, 2005
Just like their American counterparts the Irish love their shopping malls. The Eyre Square Centre has tons of great shopping and also features a supermarket. There is a parking garage under the mall and My wife found some great prints for the house. It's also a great oasis during a downpour.
What to buy: Clothes, tourist trinkets, and everything else. There is also a supermarket with butcher shop on premesis.
What to pay: Normal prices I suppose.
Updated Jun 3, 2005
Address: Eyre Square Galway
Phone: +353 91 568302
The Treasure Chest was established in 1966 by Mary Bennett. The Business expanded in 1986 we moved to a larger premises on William Street in Galway's main shopping street. It is undoubtedly the most stylish addition to the Heart of Galway. The former Glynn's store has been extensively refurbished both inside and out in the most tasteful fashion and boasts the finest of China, Crystal and Ladies Fashions in Galway.
The Bennett Family have taken every care to ensure that not only are the products best quality to be found but also presented in a way which shows them to there best.
The Ground floor hosts a selection of China, Crystal, Pottery, Figurines, Linen and Irish Products.
The First floor hosts a selection of International Designer Labels from St. John, Basler, Jobis, Lacoste and Condici
What to buy: Waterford Crystal
What to pay: Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card.....
Written Dec 24, 2005
Address: 31-33 William Street, Galway
Phone: (091) 563862 / 567237
Galway Crystal makes some nice nice products and since my wife's family lives about 15 minutes away from the factory we have a nice collection. The factory store is in Merlin Park in Galway and the buliding has free parking, and features a modest showroom, a museum, and a cafe upstairs.
What to buy: What else... crystal! They also sell china products.
What to pay: They had a sale and my wife finished off our dining room collection with 12 watergoblets and 6 wine glasses for $ 168.00
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Merlin Park, Dublin Road, Co. Galway
Phone: :+353 91 757311
Even if you don't want to buy anything from the centre's various specialty shops, going inside is a must! A section of Galway's old city walls was incorporated into the building, and the combination of old and new works surprisingly well.
Written Aug 22, 2004
This excellent book shop is a rather odd mixture of remaindered stock and secondhand material.
Unlike most other shops that sell remaindered stock the quality of stuff here is very high as it is weighted towards serious and academic books. Many are American in origin and thus will not turn up very often in other bookshops.
It is especially good for books on Iralnd arts, culture and history.
I always seem to spend a couple of hours in this place every time I visit.
What to buy: Over 40,000 books in the store - there must be something for you.
What to pay: Keenly priced. I recently bought a Hardback copy of MrCarthy's journey for 8 euro when the cover price was 24 pounds sterling !
Updated Dec 23, 2008
Address: The Cornstore middle street
Phone: 091 561766
In the Galway city centre, there is a large pedestrian zone where motor vehicle traffic is restricted. This pedestrian zone includes William Street, Shop Street, High Street, Mainguard Street and Quay Street. There are a wide variety of stores, restaurants, and pubs in this area -- and the atmosphere is also great for people-watching.
Updated Dec 14, 2009
It would be all to easy to make a whole string of unsubtle comments about the availability of tarts in Galway, wouldn't it ?
So I will resist the temptation and just point out that this little deli is an absolute wonder.
The shop is so well presented that you wonder if it is an interior design shop rather than a food shop.
Written Oct 3, 2008
Address: 7 lower abbeygate street
Phone: 353 91 588384
Last stop of my day trip to Kylemore abbey, Connemara and Leenane was here on Standun located 10 miles west of Galway city on the coast road to Connemara. You will find top quality Irish fashion & knitwear, crystal, china, jewellery and crafts. They have built their reputation on stocking a collection of the finest Ireland has to offer. And after shopping you can have a cold o hot drink on the coffee shop located on the back of the shop and you can enjoy with the view of the Galway bay.
What to buy: Aran Knitwear.
What to pay: By cash, by debit and credit card
Written Dec 27, 2005
Address: An Spid?al, Co. na Gaillimhe, Eire
Phone: +353 (0) 91 553108
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