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Old Feb 25th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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A waterford lamp and beleek woven dish both purchased in 1983!
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Old Feb 25th, 2006, 08:50 PM
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I love my 2 camel and black polka dot mohair/merino throws from Foxford woolen mills. Love them! The family loves them too!

I also like my Nicholas Mosse pottery pieces that I use often, including a little round bowl I used tonight for butter. And just today I wore my red, hand knit Irish sweater that I bought in Donegal and I was quite cozy.
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Old Feb 25th, 2006, 09:06 PM
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the one and only thing i bought while in ireland is my "Guiness is good for you" newspaper ad poster
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Old Feb 25th, 2006, 09:28 PM
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A beautiful Waterford bowl. When the light in the breakfront shines through it the effect is smashing.
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 04:24 AM
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I'd have to put my 'I Heart Mayo' front license plate on the list: I bought it from Mr. Flaherty, probably Postmaster in Belmullet, Co. Mayo who also has a little convenience shop in the P.O. Building.

I wear my 'I Heart Mayo' plate proudly on my MiniVan in Phila. Someone vandalized it once (probably kicked it) so I had to put a frame around it.

Flaherty told me he plays to a 7-handicap at Carne Golf Links (which is the reason I was in the area).
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 04:30 AM
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Beautiful crystal from Kinsale.
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Well, this has to be the most unusual anyway.

We were in Roundstone in Connemara, checking out the shops. In a vintage clothing shop there, my wife found a dress that had been made by a small North Carolina company in the 1960s. One of the head seamstresses in that company was my wife's grandmother.

So my wife bought a dress in Ireland that likely had been sewn by her grandmother; who knows how it ended up in Roundstone.
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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Although I love the crystal vases purchased from Dingle, Kilkenny and Kinsale Crystal during deveral different trips to Ireland, my favorite has to be my lamps with their blue-green pottery bases and hand-painted shades with blue waves and yellow seagulls purchased from Louis Mulcahey on the Dingle Peninsula. Everytime I look at them I am reminded of the Slea Head landscape and its beatiful vistas. I am returning to Dingle this summer and you can bet that one of my visits will be to Louis Mulcahey's workshop!
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 01:59 PM
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My Claddagh ring with three small emeralds in the shape of a shamrock is by far my favorite item. Everytime I look at it I know I must get a wistful, faraway look in my eye.
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Old Feb 26th, 2006, 07:46 PM
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Perfume and bath salts from the Burren Perfumery and lovely woven scarves from the Doolin Crafts Gallery.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 06:21 AM
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allow me to continue a desperate search...my grandmother gave me the cross pendent that my grandfather bought her in ireland. she doesn't recall where they bought it (years ago) but she knows it was called "the modern cross", and it is an offshoot of a st. bridids cross. it had a small diamond in the middle...i lost it two years ago and am still sick about it! i can describe it further if this sounds familiar to anyone, or if anyone knows where i can go for something like it.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 11:54 AM
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I bought a Nicholas Mosse posey pot and Jerpoint Glass vase. Both factories are worth a visit. www.nicholasmosse.com & www.jerpointglass.com. I use the posey pot all summer with flowers that I pick from my garden.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 01:23 PM
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I bought a 70% wool, 30% silk sweater made by Killarney Woollen mills. It's light weight and soft enough to wear right over my bare arms. I loved it so much, I found them and had them send three more by mail. I, too, bought a heavy fisherman's knit sweater that I never wear because it just doesn't get cold enough for it here.
Bought several nice CD's of Irish music in the music store in Doolin.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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I agree with Magistra- my lamp from Louis Mulcahy. I did't buy it the first trip and longed for it an entire year. I love the colors (same as yours- blue with green) because they remind me of the colors of the water and land. My lampshade has only handpainted waves, no seagulls.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2006, 09:06 AM
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If there's one lesson I learned about buying things is Ireland it's if you find something and you love it BUY IT!!! Don't wait. Don't hesitate. Don't think you are going to find it on sale somewhere (you might or might not these days but, seriously, why take the chance?) Just get it.

I have several pieces of jewlery, some handmade one-of-a-kind stuff but also some that are more mass produced (mainly from Newbridge Silver) that I love. Whenever I wear any of my Irish pieces I always get compliments about them.
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Old Mar 4th, 2006, 10:59 PM
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Waffle - Why sweat it? Everything in Ireland you can buy online. Go for it!
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Old Mar 7th, 2006, 11:19 AM
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I'll will pass along your comments about the Louis Mulcahey pottery. My sil works there.
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Old Mar 8th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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A Guinness and a Smithwicks glass that we got from 2 favorite pubs (we paid for the Guinness glass; the bartender told us to take the Smithwicks). Hoped to bring back a painting of the Irish landscape but it didn't happen (loved Liam O'Neill though).
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Old Mar 8th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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Louis Malcahy pottery. We went to the actualy shop but we ended up buying stuff that was in a gift store in Kenmare.
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Old Mar 8th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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Amazing how much of these purchases were made in or around Doolin!
Mine too!
I bought a silk broadcloth batik scarf signed, with a Celtic initial on it..and the artist told me to machine wash !!! I have, many times and still love to wear it..green mostly of course.
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