If you read my blog regularly, you know I’ve posted quite a few times before about Irish crafts, hand-dyed yarn, and more, so it won’t be a surprise to read this post. I spent many MANY hours combing Instagram and the internet looking for Irish Souvenirs, makers, and artisans based in Ireland who create unique and original items. Whether you are trying to shop within our island to reduce your carbon footprint or looking for a real souvenir or gift for yourself or someone special, this list will give you ample ideas.
You are welcome to link to this list, but do not copy and paste for your own site/blog. If you want this content for your own site, compile it yourself. I have a separate post for yarn dyers in Ireland. Perfect to buy gifts for the knitter or crocheter in your life.
Plantaring (eco jewellery)
Apparel & Fashion (Designers, Makers, and Boutiques)
Annie’s Beeswax Wraps
Toys and Children Clothing
McNutt of Donegal has a baby blanket made from the finest 100% merino lambswool. Every blanket is designed and woven in the seaside village of Downings, on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Leigh Tucker Willow collection from Dunnes Stores
Furniture and Rugs
Homewares and Wedding Gifts
Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Karen Pleass Textile Arts (etsy)
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
Food & Beverages
Skin, Hair, Beauty and Aromatherapy
Health and Wellness
Knitwear Designer (fun idea to buy yarn and use a pattern from an Irish designer)
Irish Design Shop, 41 Drury Street, Dublin 2
The Yellow Door, Baltimore
Gallery Crafts in Kilworth, Co Cork
Chou’s Cottage in Clonmel, Co Cork
If you’re not in Ireland, but want to send someone a treat, flowers are also an option:
This is a partial list and I will keep adding to it as more Irish Souvenirs, makers, and artisans based in Ireland come to my attention. If you are an artisan in Ireland or a small business, let me know so I can add it in the correct category.
Paddywackery has its place, but when you’re traveling to Ireland why not bring back something authentic? Having grown up in the States from Irish ancestry, I was used to thinking Irish was Beleek, Waterford Crystal, and Aran sweaters. Now, having lived in Cork, Ireland for 11 years, I see the wealth of artisans and talent on this island and long to shout from the rooftops to all tourists to buy these authentic items, but the cheap tee-shirt with a leprechaun. I’ll be posting more about this subject in the future because this blog has a unique position that it’s read by about 5,000 people a month and almost evenly split between Ireland and North America. So, it’s my effort to raise up the profile of designers, artists, and makers on this Emerald Isle.