Magnetic Music store: More irish music than you could shake a stick at.
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.Related to:
The Celtic T-Shirt Shop: The Unique Celtic T-Shirt Shop
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.
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Dublin: shop till you drop
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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
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.
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!
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
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
Golden Island centre: Athlone - shopping
It's the only shopping center in Athlone! :)
There was an excellent sale in Sally West but nothing in my size, grrrr....
What to buy: Athlone isnt famous for anything in particular, like pottery or stuff like that. But if you fancy getting clothes at a fraction of city prices (Sally West jackets were reduced from €110 to €25!) then it's probably worth making the trip.Related to:
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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...)
Various: Medical supplies
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.Related to:
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Dublin: Cheap IrishSouvenirs at Carrolls Gifts
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 EUR12-15Related to:
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Dublin: Irish Music to buy!
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!Related to:
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.
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.
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