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April O'Malley

Pembroke (North Carolina), North Carolina

Need some suggestions for places that sell authentic Irish goods!

Can anyone tell me where to get authentic Irish goods in the Tipperary area? Specifically, I'd like a place that sells Aran sweaters. I want to bring back some gifts for my family and I don't want to get something junky at a tourist place. I really want the real thing so if anyone has any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it! 

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  • Darren McLoughlin

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    Hi April,

    Not sure what part of Tipperary you are headed to but I do know of a great place in Ardmore (Ireland) that is a genuine Irish craft shop - Ardmore Pottery and Gallery http://www.ardmorepottery.com/. They sell traditional knitwear, jewellery and other Irish made crafts and are an independent shop. I know of a few more craft shops in Birr and near Athlone if you are going to be in North Tipperary, but I'm not sure if they do Aran sweaters. Tipperary is a big county from top to bottom!

    Another place that I know definitely does Aran knitwear is the Kilkenny Design Centre & Foodhall in Kilkenny http://www.kilkennydesign.com/ - not to be confused with a similarly-named chain of stores in Ireland and overseas.

    Kilkenny calls itself the home of Irish craft and some of Ireland's finest craftspeople can be found in these parts.

    It is a short drive from the south of Tipperary Cahir and Clonmel , but the coast around Ardmore (Ireland) is lovely.

    Hope this helps, enjoy your visit.

    Darren.

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      I'm actually not sure which part of Tipperary I'll be headed to yet. I'm flying into Dublin then taking a little road trip down there. I didn't realize that there were so many parts to see, but now I'm really glad that my friends will be driving so we can see more. Thank you Darren! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Gabriella Makrai

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    Hi,

    In my experience you can get nice quality goods in 'touristy' shops as well. I got my Irish knit hat in one of them 5 years ago, have worn it a lot since, washed it many times and it still looks brand new! Of course avoid Carrolls or any place that sells obviously Chinese made plastic shamrock themed stuff. However, in my experience most gift shops all around the country carry at least a small range of locally produced, good quality hand-made stuff. IF you are flying home from Dublin, I can suggest you to have a look at The Woollen Mills at the North end of Ha'penny Bridge or some of the gift shops on Nassau Street just at the side of Trinity College . Dublin Airport (DUB) also carries nice products, especially Terminal 1.

    Oh, and in most places you can ask for a tax back receipt, which you can fill in and put in a box in the airport, and they send you a cheque in the post with your tax! (only works with non-EU residency)

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      Oh, I enjoy a good tax back! Thank you for all of these suggestions Gabriella! Much appreciated! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Victoria Major

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    We got ours from Blarney Woolen Mills which is a small chain over there-- but it's been 2 years and my sweater is still amazing.

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  • Florian Schumann

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    I'm afraid I don't really have an answer for you, except that kilts are Scottish not Irish, so I don't think you'll find any in Tipperary. :)

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      Doh! Thank you Florian! Just edited my question. I got my UK parts mixed up :) · (0 likelikes)

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