Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is an impressive shopping centre located off Grafton Street. It is perhaps the most elegant shopping centre in the city of Dublin. There are approximately 40 outlets and eateries in the shopping centre, dealing mainly in antiques, gifts, art and crafts, bonzai plants, trendy fashion wears as well as jewelleries. The shopping centre is located in an old Georgian building which was designed by Robert Mack. It was constructed in the middle of the 18th century as a townhouse built for Lord Powerscourt. The townhouse was turned to a shopping centre only in 1980s.
If you walk through the main entrance through South William Street, you will be able to see the old entrance hall together with an old grand staircase. It is certainly pleasant to wander around the shopping centre especially when it is rainning outside, do some window shopping and perhaps have some tea break at the cafe on the ground floor. We wandered around the shopping centre to kill time before our Riverdance show at the Gaiety Theatre nearby. Opening hours to Powerscourt Townhouse Centre are between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and between 12.00 noon and 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.
George's Street Arcade is a colourful flea market rather than a shopping centre. It is located in an old Victorian style building with red brick walls and has lovely old Victorian architecture. George's Street Arcade is a tourist attraction even though you are not buying anything in the arcade and are merely walking through. It is fun to just wander through the arcade and look at some of these old things. Who knows you may just find something you really like to bring home! George's Street Arcade opened for business since the late 19th century. It is Dublin's oldest shopping centre.
Most stalls deal in unique and strange articles and things. So it is a great place to pick up some strange and unique gifts. Most of the stalls deal in items such as portraits, pictures, hats, old postcards, secondhand books, paintings, coins, stamps, prints, old records, costume jewelleries, even used clothes, flowers shop, home accessories, antiques, body-piercing and some junk stores. Opening hours to George's Street Arcade are betweem 9.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. on Sunday. In our opinion it is well worth a visit especially if you are very fond of items from the flea markets!
St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is one of the largest and finest shopping centres located right in the heart of the city of Dublin. It is located on the south end of the busy Grafton Street next to the Fusiliers Gate and St. Stephen's Green Park. The famous Gaiety Theatre is situated just opposite the shopping centre. St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre has more than 100 shops and eateries spread over four levels. Some of the well-known shops include TK Maxx, Boots, Mothercare, Dunnes Stores, Hallmark and The Lapptop. However most of the shops in the shopping centre deal in boutiques clothing.
The shopping centre opened in 1988 with lovely architecture both inside and outside and it offers free wi-fi to shoppers and visitors. Toilets are located on the top floor and they charge 20 cents for the use of toilets. It is really a plesant place to wander around especially when it is rainning outside. The interior of the shopping centre has a large clock erected roughly in the center of the shopping centre. Opening hours of the shopping centre are betweem 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. daily. You may e-mail to the following address for more information:- firstname.lastname@example.org
What to buy: We were mainly wandering around the shopping centre to enjoy the sight. However we purchased some greeting and anniversary cards from Hallmark store on the ground floor. Prices of greeting cards from Hallmark are fixed and the same everywhere in the city.
How could anyone forget U2,Cranberries! Other bands worth checking out are the Devlins, Picturehouse and while not rock maybe Secret Garden (half Norwegian/Half Irish), Corrs and I have to throw in Johnny Logan ,love his stuff!
We got real cheap Irish souvenirs from Carrolls. They offer all kind of stuff from jewelry, keychains, shot glasses to t-shirts and bags that have Irish element printed on. For certain items, they offer cheaper price if you buy more than 3 pieces. It's indeed cheaper compared to other souvenir shopa at the places of interest.
What to pay: From EUR1 to t-shirts of EUR12-15
One of the best Irish gifts you could possibly buy for a loved one or a friend is a piece of Claddagh Jewelry. Claddagh is a traditional jewelry piece from Ireland that symbolises love, friendship and loyalty. Claddagh design consists of a heart, symbolising love and hands that symbolises friendship and the crown for loyalty.
As a traditional ring for Ireland the Irish Claddagh ring is a perfect gift to be given to a loved one, maybe a family member or a loved friend. It is also popularly worn by singles seeking love but is traditionally worn differently than a wedding couple. With its strong representation of unity the ring itself sends gives a powerful message about who wears one.
How to wear a claddagh ring?
When the ring is worn on the right hand with the design facing outwards, away from the body, it usually represents that person is single and possibly looking for love. When in love with someone the ring would be still worn on the right hand but with the design facing inwards.
For someone engaged the ring is worn on the left hand with the design facing outwards, after marriage the ring should be worn on the left with the design facing inwards.
"With my hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love."
For me it is a beautifull way to say "I love you" and a gift with a true irish spirit.
If you need any medical supplies whilst in Dublin you will not have to walk far to find a pharmacy/chemist. There seems to be at least one on every shopping street in the centre of the city.
There are also walk-in doctors' practices around. One is located on Dame Street, near Temple Bar.
My favorite CDs of irish Music are the ones by Tina Morrissey and The Mulrooney-sisters that are mainly sold at the Cliffs of Moher by members of the family or the artists themselves.
You may buy a lot of Music-CDs and Cassettes directely at the souvenir-shop at the parking of the Cliffs of Moher. A bit cheaper than at the main shop you may as well go to the small shop-wagon of the family Mulrooney. All of the daughters seems to have recorded CDs and most of them are really great !
In summer you may see at least one of the sisters singing high above the Cliffs, somewhere on your way to O'Connor's Tower. my favorite was Tina Mulrooney, her new name is now Tina Morrissey, playing the harp and singing with a really beautiful voice and her CD "A memory of Ireland" is my favorite !
Click on her web-page, in order to hear her songs !
simply click on"Listen"
What to buy: I would like to say that the general souvenir-shop at the cliffs is not a bargain - it is ment for the bustourists, who do not have a lot of possibilities to compare prices and accept the prices given.
For fans of Tina Morrissey and her sisters the shop at the Cliffs of Moher might be one of the few places, where you get these CDs without having to order them and wait a few days to be delivered - and the prices are cheaper as well at the cliffs than in Dublin or other places...
What to pay: I do not remember the exacte prices, but the casettes on my picture were less expensive than ordinary cassettes in the large shops
For all non-EU travelers, make sure you ask for your VAT slips from retailers. These slips allow you to get back a large portion of the tax you pay for an item, and if you buy alot of gifts for friends/ family, can really add up to a decedent amount of money returned to you. The retailer will fill out alot of it for you, but while waiting for your flight in the airport, fill put the rest and turn them into the VAT stands in the terminal. You can either get cash or have the money returned to your credit card that was used for the purchase.
Avoca is a 7 level mini-department store with a colourful mix-match of men and women's fashion, kids clothes, household goods, aromatics, ceramics and lots more.
This unique shopping experience stocks everything from fancy dress clothes for kids(sequin pink fairy dresses with matching haloes!) to beautiful Aran style 'his' and 'her' jumpers. Household goods include luxurious throws that are woven in the Avoca Mill in Co. Wicklow using natural fibres made from lambs wool, mohair, cotton and linen.
What to buy: ... pretty much everything :)
But my favourit is the lovely soft stripy scarves in all colors .. for ~ 30 Euros
What to pay: WHO cares ;) as long as it's pretty and the credit card limit isn't reached hihi
Everything Irish can be bought here including great food items. If you are from NON EU don't forget to claim your tax back.
What to buy: Irish writers coasters & table mats of Irish homes. Heavenly scented candles with real Irish scent. Don't buy the little peat burning blocks they don't smell as good as the candles.
What to pay: $$$ ££ Euro!!
This is a great little shop on the waterfront with a ton of different celtic shirts and t-shirts. If you spend a while in Ireland you will notice that the same 20 or so t-shirt designs are at all the tourist shops, and they're all pretty stupid too - most of them have to do with sheep or rain, or sheep IN rain. The Celtic T-Shirt Shop is very cool, with unique knotted designs and quality fabrics.
Here's a quote from their website:
"We work mostly with hand-cut stencils , and blend colours right on the screen, which is slow and difficult, but the close attention given to every print gives a unique appearance to the work, and means that no two are exactly the same.
The inks are water-based [ no solvent -smells ] cured in a 14 ft infra-red dryer, which leaves them completely wash/iron-safe and pre-shrunk."
What to pay: My purchase cost about 50 euros but I didn't skimp - it was a long sleeved, hooded sweatshirt with designs on both sides, and made of hemp which was more comfortable than the cotton version they also carried. I'm a little leery about how the paints would hold up to a washing machine so I'm likely to hand-wash and air-dry just in case.
(Do you like this tip? Please rate it, thanks!)
There are several shops surrounding the square that makes up central Eniskerry. I wandered in and out of a few... One has locan handcrafts, another has high end women's clothing, there are a few pubs to keep your companions entertained while you wander ....
What to buy: I bought paper art w/ celtic runes, peat neckpieces for Xmas ornaments, and some modern wool sweaters ..... yup, I spent a lot of moolah, but individually the prices were the best I'd seen - so it was worth it ;)
In Doolin, County Clare :
The Magnetic Music store is housed in the middle of Fisher street and has a wonderful cafe attached.
If Irish music is your thing then you will certainly find what you want here. The range is massive, ranging from the ultra-traditional to groups like ‘The Dubliners’ who are known all over the world, to more modern interpretations of the music in the hands of somewhat eclectic individuals.
The shop also produces magazines, and a website, much of which is aimed at Germans, who seem to be particularly attracted to this type of music.
Several of the 175 inhabitants of Tory island (in the far noth west of Ireland_ enjoy painting and there is something of a 'Tory Island school' that has developed
For example this bird's eye view of Tory, is by Patsy Dan. The King of Tory, Patsy Dan is an original member of the internationally renowned school of "primitive" Tory painters inspired and encouraged by English artist Derek Hill over 40 years ago.
This image of Tory, richly coloured and detailed, reflects the treeless (there are actually no trees at all) barren aspect of an island rich in tradition and mythology.
Tory artists have exhibited in major galleries in Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe and their paintings are to be found in many important collections. The work of the painters and other examples of island art such as model boats are exhibited in Gailearaf Dixon. Mainland artists also exhibit in Gailearaí Dixon.
What to buy: Original works of art
More Regions in Ireland