Laragh Woolen Mills: Sweaters and scarves galore!
After spending the day wandering Glendalough, I began to see signs for this shop .... we followed the signs and were delighted with what we found. The shop is off the road and well marked. There are rooms of woolen sweaters, scarves, cloaks - mostly traditional, but some more trendy. I bought my Dad an Aran sweater for 40euros!
I also found small items of Irish lace, Irish linen, and some kitchsy gifts to take home.
What to buy: Aran sweaters, woolen cloaks and scarves were at the best prices anywhere I went in Ireland.Related to:
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Dublin: shop till you drop
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Dublin: Celtic cool or tack-o-rama?
Shopping opportunities in Ireland, and expecially Dublin, are plenty. Most shops all over Ireland cater to the tourist needs with every imaginable piece of clothing dyed green. There are sheep, Celtic cd's and whatever. The truth is that you can often find nice little gifts between all the junk!
What to buy: For art lovers there are the outdoor painting galleries in the larger cities during weekends - the pic features Merrion Sqaure on a Sunday afternoon. Book fans will be delighted with the quality and choice here and music fans won't be disappointed either: Irish music ranks among the best in the world!
Temple Bar marketplace: Exotic foods in Temple Bar
As we were walking around Temple Bar on a saturday we came across a small produce market. Here there were stalls selling everything from pretzels to salsa dishes. All freshly cooked and ready to eat.
What to buy: One stall in particular had cheese of every description on sale, they even let you taste before you buy.
What to pay: How much to pay is not the question as the foods are all fixed prices. It all depends on how hungry you are!Related to:
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Blarney Woolen Mills: A bit o' the Blarney
The World famous Blarney Woolen Mills is one of the largest family owned and run gift and craft centers in the World. Besides the store, there is a branch of the A.I.B Bank, Christys Bar and Hotel. There is a fine self- service restaurant and parking facilities.
This 30,000 square foot retail store is housed in one of Ireland's oldest and most authentic Irish woollen mills
What to buy: A traditional store full of classic clothing and gifts; great names like Waterford, Lladro, Belleek and many more fill the giftware shelves, alongside traditional Aran sweaters and fashion garments in the clothing department.
Their motto: For the best quality at the right price!
Mon. - Sat. 9.30 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
What to pay: The Donegal sweater was a third of the price of what it would cost in the US.Related to:
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Here there and everywhere: Irish Specialties
Everyone thinks about claddagh rings, Waterford Crystal and celtic type symbols when they think about shopping in Ireland. Don't forget Irish linen, woolen goods and Connemara marble as well. All of these things are readily available in most shops, gift shops as well as general department stores. Shop around though, as prices will often vary wildly and none of it is all that cheap for authentic items.
What to buy: When i went i tried to avoid the tacky souvenirs and didn't buy one thing with a clover or a leprechaun on it! In spite of it being a big tourist draw, the Blarney Woolen Mill outside of Cork by Blarney Castle is actually a very good place to shop. They have a huge variety of goods, crystal, china, woolen goods, linen, books, music, and the fun tacky stuff too :)
Hand knit, hand woven woolen goods are exquisite and useful. I brought home a lovely Killarney red scarf and aran gloves. I bought a solid Waterford crystal cottage for 60 euros and that was the same price everywhere i saw it including at the factory. I now have some antique linen table runners and new linen napkins, some earrings with connemara marble and amythest, and a really comfy pair of socks with the Guinnes logo :)
In Ireland, the shops are just like the shops in England. With many big shops such as Tesco and WHSmiths. Be warned tho, if your accomodation isnt near the town, make sure you stock up, because once you are outside the towns, you could have to walk for hours to find the next shop.
...on High Street.: High Shopping...
In downtown Galway, find your way to High Street. A pedestrian-only thoroughfare, Shop Street turns into High St. and runs all the way to the water. It is flanked by shops upon shops, and pubs upon pubs. We would spend our afternoons trying on Irish jewelry, and our evenings eating delicious Irish stews (washed down with Irish beer, of course). High St. comes alive at night, too, when you can mingle with the locals over your favorite pint.
What to buy: Silver jewelry engraved with Celtic crosses and knots.
What to pay: Jewelry ranges anywhere from 10-50 euro.Related to:
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Blarney Woollen Mills: Everything in one stop
You can shop in all the major cities. The small towns usually have souvenir shops with items famous from that region. The Blarney Woollen Mills has a huge store with almost any item you could think of, the summary of the major places around Ireland.
What to buy: They have clothing, linen, crystal, china, pottery, crafts, jewellery, candies and all those other little souvenir items (leprechauns, dolls, etc.)
What to pay: Cash, visa or traveller's cheques
irish handycrafts, accessories and sweaters: Dublin, co Dublin
there are several interesting shops, so i'll just name the best known of them. The department store Stephen's
Green (at the end of Grafton Gtreet) all made of glass, and Dublin Woollen Mills (northside, right after the ha'penny bridge), a small sweather shop.
What to buy: at Stephen's Green: hats, irish silver jewels, t-shirts, general local handycrafts, lace. At Dublin Woollen Mills hand and machine made traditional sweaters and general souvenirs
What to pay: hats: about 30 euros, silver jewellery: 10-30 euros. sweaters: 100-200 euros, t-shirts: about 15 euros
Dublin: Shopping Paradise
If you are into shopping Dublin is the place for you. There are hundreds of good shops, nice shopping malls and shopping streets. I love to spend a whole day shopping here when I am in Ireland!
What to buy: Shoes, Books, Clothes, whatever you want! I had to find sunglasses here once and it took me ages though... maybe that's because of the Irish weather ;)
What to pay: Unfortunately I have heard that Ireland is now the most expensive of the "Euro-Countries" but I never found it too expensive!
Blarney Woolen Mills: Shop for Everything Irish
Ireland has a thousand places you'll want to visit, but only one magical shopping experience which you simply cannot miss. When you visit the Blarney Woollen Mills store you will find a traditional store full of classic clothing and gifts. Stock up here!!!!
What to buy: Great names like Waterford Crystal, Belleek, Royal Tara, Irish Dresden and many more fill the giftware shelves, alongside an amazing collection of sweaters and accessories, woollen rugs and throws, Irish tweeds and linen and more.
What to pay: Be sure to get the Tax Back forms and be sure to send them in.
Aran Island Sweaters
You can get Aran Island sweaters on Aran Island for around $100 US. You can get authentic Aran Island sweaters in many shops throughout Ireland for far less. Some are machine knit, so watch out for that -- but there are many bargains of authentic hand-knitted Aran sweaters for nearly a third of what they cost on Aran Island. One would think that they would be cheaper out on the island, but not so.
What to buy: Buy Aran Island sweaters, Clauddaugh jewlery near Galway, tapes and CD's of traditional music, Irish whistles, Guinness items. The Irish are really into football (soccer) and they had a lot of World Cup items for sale while we were there.
What to pay: Prices are similar to the those in the US.
Coasters!: Free souvenirs
What to buy: What NOT to buy. Instead of buying things that say IRELAND or what not, there's plenty of free stuff for the taking. I like to collect the coasters of the pubs I visit. I'm so well known for it that my friends will remind me at the end of the night to grab one (of the coasters).
What to pay: NOTHING
gift shops: Placemats!
You can find these in some tourist shops, but not all. My first set bit the dust, and I ordered another set on-line through the House of Ireland. www by same name.
What to buy: I love Irish placemats. They are smaller than the kind used in the US. They have a corkboard backing and wipeable surface. You will encounter them many times over as you dine your way through Ireland. The first set I got had Irish landscapes, typical of the ones sold in gift shops. On-line you can get other choices of backgrounds.
What to pay: In Ireland I paid 16 pounds for a set of 6, but for the set I bought over the internet I paid 40! (don't tell my husband...)
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