Best souvenirs from Ireland?

Mar 28th, 2002, 01:40 PM
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Hi, shopper: My favorite souvenirs are Nicholas Mosse pottery - so charming and so darn Irish, claddah rings or jewelry, and belleek pieces. The Blarney area is a hotbed of shopping.

When traveling, keep in mind that Ireland is only about the size of the state of Maine, so is easy to get around in.

Enjoy the trip.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 01:54 PM
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Of course it all depends on what you like.
There is fine china made in Ireland. One was Belleek (wife bought a lovely pitcher and a creamer and some coffee cups) and another brand that I don't recall. Also the Waterford crystal, there are some other brands of crystal also. The Celtic jewelry and the Arran sweaters are very popular too.
There was a factory type store in the big castle in Dublin. One advantage was to have them ship the crystal and china to the US instead of doing it in your luggage. The place I enjoyed shopping (and I am NOT a shopper) was in Galway. The historic area of Galway was very nice and had a lot of good shops. A good place for the jewelry as it comes from that area. Also lots of pubs and restaurants to take a break in. Go to the King's Head. Wish I had another night there to do a good pub crawl.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 03:02 PM
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I agree with the Claddagh ring! I have lots of friends wearing them now since they have come to Ireland with me.
What I brought back last summer is some bags of prepackaged Irish Brown Bread mix-cost L.69 and it turned out great! I make great soda bread but just can't make great brown bread (any easy recipes anyone?) so I was happy it turned out great and brought wonderful memories as I sat down to a nice slice (with butter!) and a cup of tea....
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Shadow
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 07:17 PM
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A rock.

 
Mar 29th, 2002, 05:19 AM
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Chris...Are you serious?! Actually, I LOVE the idea! I've brought rocks back from several travels. They do make great souvenirs. I've got some placed outdoors in an herb garden, some displayed indoors, even use one slate piece as a doorstop. So, anyway, whether you were trying to be funny or not, it rock souvenirs are a great idea!
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 06:47 AM
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Dear Shadow - Brown bread is basically soda bread only with 2/3rds wheat flour instead of all white. Pick up an Irish Cookbook the next time you can and a recipe is sure to be in there. I use my recipe straight from my Irish cookbook and my husband (who's Irish) swears it tastes like it's from home.
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 06:18 PM
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Just outside Galway is the Connemara Marble Factory. They have wonderful jewelry made out of marble. I got some great items there. No one has mentioned cashmere sweaters. I have gotten several of them also. Blarney has the best prices on Waterford, much better than Waterford itself which never discounts. There are Waterford outlets in this country but they do not cover everything. My sister's pattern is the Lismore and I have made several purchases for her in Ireland that were much less than what the items would have cost here. Also found pieces in that pattern that you cannot get here.
I love irish music and usually pick up tapes/cds of performers that I cannot get here. Shop Til You Drop!!!
 
Apr 11th, 2002, 06:31 PM
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Aran sweaters, Brass Celtic wall cross and a rock from the Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head Drive and it is beautiful!!
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 09:10 AM
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I found that Blarney was the best place for souvenir shopping. They seem to have everything imaginable and at the best prices. Plus they will package and ship. It is soooo convenient! One stop shopping and then you can relax and just enjoy the rest of your vacation! The souvenir gift that was most appreciated by my friends and family was a waterford shot glass with a bottle of Irish whiskey (my favorite is Jamesons, but there are many others). Have a wonderful trip! I'm going back in July - can't wait.
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 09:41 AM
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I always buy a ton of books. There are Irish and British authors that I buy regularly, but I also usually try out about 10 authors I've never read on each trip. Sure, I could order them through Amazon.co.uk, but I like to browse.

And we usually stock up on Bushmills. If we make a run up to the distillery, they sell a 12-year single malt that you can only buy there. Haven't yet opened our Millenium bottle (25-year-old).
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 02:00 PM
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You can buy a type of lottery ticket in Ireland which lasts for your whole life.It costs Euro 25 and the prizes in the weekly draw are made from the interest paid by the government on the tickets bought.The prizes are modest-around $100,000 is the top monthly prize but you could win any time in the future.I won $100 myself on a tickert I bought over 20 years earlier and they posted the prize to my address which I had updated.Ask in any post office for details.
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 02:12 PM
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I bought some of these lottery tickets too-they are called Prize Bonds and they have a web site at www.prizebonds.ie.Online purchases are only available for Irish residents but in a post office they will sell them to anybody with a valid identification.
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 03:26 PM
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Thank you all for your wonderful tips. My husband and I are going to Ireland in August and have book a house near Rosscarbery in County Cork. It is our first time and we are very excited about the trip. We will use your varied advise as best we can while we are there. I really don't know how much time we will have to shop since my husband wants to go fishing as much as possible but we will definitely make some time to buy a few things.
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 05:28 PM
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oh gee, lets see... Waterford crystal, Beleek China, Galway crytal, Cre Porcelain, claddagh jewelty (a must!), sweaters. Irish Whiskey, Irish choclates, salmon (you can get it at Shannon airport), Killarney Crystal, Tipperary crystal, Donegal tweed, Wickford pottery, Donegal porcelain, shamrock jewelry, celtic knot jewelry, Inis perfume, t-shirts, Conemarra marble.... There is a wide variety of items. Shannon Airports Duty Free shop is great for any last minute things you need to bring home for friends/relatives.
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 06:47 PM
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The best place to shop for just about everything is Blarney Woolin Mills in the town of Blarney ( next to Blarney Castle). You can't beat their prices, selection, and they deduct the VAT tax for you. They have a huge selection of crystal, china, clothing, jewelry, pottery, and the usual "irish" souvenirs.
 
May 8th, 2002, 02:41 PM
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I always love bargains! My favorite purchase was a teapot near Gortin in a little china shop that kept me dry while it rained. The shopkeeper packed it well and I caried on the back of my bike back to the B&B. It was on sale from a discontinued pattern. They also had discount Beleek. I toured North Ireland with Tony Boyd's fabulous tour company emeraldtrail.com. Stephanie
 
May 8th, 2002, 02:58 PM
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Coo - Stephanie - I'd love to get a teapot that keeps me dry when it rains! (just kidding)
 
May 8th, 2002, 03:58 PM
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When we were driving through Connemara (ack, excuse my horrid spelling..), after visiting Kenemore (?) Abbey, it was rainy and chilly. We stopped at this tiny shop at the side of the road. Nobody else was around, but the shop had tons of nice stuff. I got a beautiful wool blanket for about 25 pounds. I also got a nice celtic-knot ring in Westport (County Mayo, I believe?). My geography/memory is failing me, and it was only two years ago...
 
May 9th, 2002, 04:34 PM
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I did a lot of my Christmas shopping at the Belleek factory last fall, and they shipped the merchandise home for me. The birthday boxes are lovely.

At the Blarney Woollen Mills shop, I got a Waterford dolphin for a niece who collects dolphin objects and a pretty Christmas ornament, china painted with shamrocks for myself, as well as sweaters for gifts and for myself. I like souvenirs that I wear or use. It's such fun to say, "Oh, I got this in . . ."
 
May 18th, 2002, 06:56 AM
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My favorite souvenir was a peat burner-little clay/pottery house with a place to put a lit piece of peat...the smoke comes out of the chimeny.
The smell of burning peat is so heartwarming to me...all I have to do is close my eyes and I am back on the coast of Sligo...but I digress.
These little trinkets are available at any gift shop in Ireland.
Slainte!
 

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