We have found a fabulously diverse and exciting bunch of independent retailers – scroll through the list below to discover the Best Shops Ireland 2023 …
Following the success of THE GLOSS X TheShopkeepers.com collaboration in 2022, when we found and celebrated unique, creative and inspiring independent shops in cities, towns and villages all over Ireland THE GLOSS X TheShopkeepers.com Best Shops Ireland 2023 list is here!
THE GLOSS team, led by Sarah McDonnell, Editor, and Síomha Connolly, Digital Editor, and Paula Flynn of TheShopkeepers.com, have been sifting through nominations for our Best Shops Ireland 2023. With your help, readers and followers, we have found a fabulously diverse and exciting bunch of independent retailers. Let’s start spreading the word …
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BEST SHOPS IRELAND 2023
BEAUTIFUL SOUTH, Swan Centre, Unit 3D Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Coinciding with – or preempting? – the cool-ification of Rathmines (so many interesting places to eat and drink; young, diverse vibe) Grainne Wynne’s BEAUTIFUL SOUTH has had an elevating influence on the D6 village. Among other elegant labels, find Ros Duke cashmere, Cleo Prickett tailoring, Eudon Choi separates, Daki Daki jewellery, Aoife Lifestyle bags and Alohas shoes. Think cool architect aesthetic – beautifully cut, restrained pieces with minimal detail and a contemporary edge. @beautiful.south.
COSTUME, 2, 10/ 11 Castle Market, Dublin 2
The Tucker sisters, Tracy and Anne, have been steering the COSTUME ship for almost 20 years (the shop itself is 26 this year!) and it has been consistently brilliant, ahead of the fashion curve and abreast of everything on the runway with a bias towards elegant-with-an edge clothes we really want to wear. They did Isabel Marant first! Zadig first! Yves Salomon first! The phrase “unerring eye” is a little staid to describe the Costume approach to buying. This season check out in particular Soeur, Les Ottomans, Rupert Sanderson and Markus Lupfer. www.costumedublin.ie.
ELECTRA, 16 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4
French Girl style has a home and it’s ELECTRA, in Donnybrook. Owner Sadbh Fahy, who lived in Paris for years, is the perfect poster girl for the look. From Vanesso Bruno to APC, Christian Wijnants to Isabel Marant, Maison Kitsune, to Forte Forte, pieces are classic yes, but with a contemporary cut, with an ever-present soupçon of sexy. Look out for Astier de Villatte ceramics and Aurélie Bidermann and Ginette NY jewellery. www.electra.ie.
EMPORIUM KALU, South Main Street, Naas East, Kildare
Kalu has been stocking innovative designers including Vivetta and Vivienne Westwood for over 20 years. The duo are known for their edit of beautiful, boundary-pushing occasionwear. Run by Louise Flanagan and Kate O’Dwyer, Kalu is for the fashion-conscious who want original artistic pieces. This boutique is a must-visit. www.emporiumkalu.com.
ENVOY OF BELFAST, 4 Wellington Street, Belfast, Co Antrim
Timeless and understated, ENVOY OF BELFAST’s selection of clothing and accessories are chosen for their distinctive quality of design, fabric, and craftsmanship. Clothes that have the ability for the wearer to create their own look, rather than the clothes defining the individual. Owner Ruth Spence selects pieces from international brands in Europe, Japan, and the USA. www.envoyofbelfast.com
FRAN + JANE, 2A Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Step inside this brilliantly merchandised boutique and find treasure after treasure, from newly arrived Tara Jarmon dresses and suits to a whole shelf of soft, slouchy joggers and hoodies by Studio Parisien, alongside well-priced knits, Rains weatherproof coats, good jeans, excellent cashmere, blouses and accessories. Ask Jane to help you, she’s a brilliant eye on the trends, and will translate them for your body shape. @franandjane
GALLERY 9, Sallins Road, Naas East, Naas, Kildare
Few leave GALLERY 9 empty-handed, such is the range of designers and styles (including Saloni, Stella Nova, Stine Goya and Self Portrait). From clothing and accessories to jewellery, owner Niamh McCoy’s taste is impeccable. Look out for printed co-ords by Copenhagen brand Munthe, minimalist cool-girl jackets and sweatshirts from Anine Bing and GLOSS favourite Gia Couture shoes. www.gallery9.ie.
HAVANA, 2 Anglesea House, Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Ireland’s edgiest fashion destination, HAVANA has been the first port of call for women seeking conceptual fashion for over 25 years. Stocking avant garde Irish and international designers, Nikki Creedon, as prescient about trends and how Irish women want to wear them as ever, says statement skirts and outerwear are a focus for autumn. Colour comes via bags and accessories. www.havanaboutique.ie.
JUJU, 3 La Touche Place, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Wicklow
Unusual, contemporary brands have been the remit of JUJU boutique, which stocks The Landskein coats, Lis Lareida shirts, Pedro Garcia footwear and Gigi Clozeau jewellery. “Our style is very much timeless and classic – we want our customers to dress in pieces they will cherish forever,” says owner Juliet Ledwidge. www.juju.ie. Photograph by Jenni Browne.
KHAN, 15 Rock Hill Blackrock, Dublin
Celebrating over 25 years in business, KHAN is an integral part of Blackrock’s thriving village culture. Its loyal cohort of clients return each season to update their wardrobes with Mackay’s focused edit of brands which includes Paul Smith, Fabiana Filippi, Annette Gortz and Irish designers Roisin Linnane and Lainey Keogh. www.khan.ie.
KIMONO, Provincial House, Bishop Street, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick & Main Street, Charleville, Cork
“I’m wearing Sara Roka, my favourite out of the 40 or so labels we stock, which reflects the style and ethos of KIMONO – nostalgic with a contemporary twist,” says owner Ailish Mullane. Kimono, situated in a former bank (complete with safe), celebrates 20 years in business in 2023, and has recently enhanced its online offering. “Customers love our exclusive range of Soru jewellery too.” www.kimono.ie.
LOUISE KENNEDY, 56 MERRION SQUARE SOUTH, DUBLIN 2
Award-winning, internationally recognised Irish designer, Louise Kennedy has created a luxury lifestyle brand. Her elegant flagship store on Dublin’s Georgian Merrion Square is an appropriately gracious home for her collection of beautifully made, timeless clothes, jewellery, and accessories.
MACBEES, 26 New Street, Monearmore, Killarney, Kerry
In MACBEES boutique, founded in 1984 by Mary McBride, visitors are met with a riot of colour and interesting design. Mary’s daughters Aoife and Doranne, are now at the helm, bringing their experience – in costume design and as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue respectively – to the edit of brands stocked. These include Irish knitwear designer Colin Horgan and handbag label August Night. www.macbees.ie.
MAGEE 1866, The Diamond, Donegal Town, Donegal
The MAGEE store has stood on the same site since it opened in the 1800s and is a true destination shop for womenswear, menswear and gifts (with a great café too). “Our ethos has always been one of ‘slow fashion’, with high quality, natural fabrics our focus,” explains creative director Charlotte Temple. “This season we dipped into our archives and revived some exciting patterns, adding a contemporary slant and new colour palettes.” www.magee1866.com.
MILLARS, Main Street, Clifden, Connemara, Galway
Clifden’s iconic yellow-fronted store, led by mother and daughter Treena and Claire Sweeney, has a strong following of Irish and international regulars who appreciate the edit of designers including Magee, Dubarry, Ireland’s Eye and Eco Tree knitwear, Niamh Daniels scarves and The Landskein coats and accessories. www.millarsconnemara.ie.
OLORI, 131 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
Susan-Jane and Lisa are sisters and their boutique is testament to their shared love of style, passed down to them by their mother Dolores, and classic-with-a-twist French style in particular. Look out for Soeur knitwear and classic white shirts, Filippa K blazers, Hache dresses in bold colours and gorgeous Roisin Linnane full, ballet-length skirts. @oloriboutique
OM DIVA, 27 Drury Street, Dublin 2
Ruth Ní Lionsigh is a dynamo with a generous appetite for nurturing young talent and creativity. It’s difficult to pass OM DIVA’s extraordinary window – inside is a vibrant mix of new designs and vintage pieces which work together to create a pretty, fey aesthetic with a subtle, punky edge. Sure, Drury Street isn’t a village, but between Loose Canon wine shop, Kaph café and the other independent retailers, it sure feels like one. www.omdivaboutique.com.
PEEL FASHION STORE, 107 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast
This mini, three-storey department store (and its neighbouring Sale Shop Peel 2), has lured Belfast’s fashion crowd to Bloomfield Avenue for 22 years. For AW23, bold colours, print, pattern and staple black, are on offer, with sleek velvet occasion wear from Qui Privé, embellished kimonos from Essentiel Antwerp, versatile suiting from Emme and edgier pieces from XD Xenia. www.peel.fashion. Photograph by Khara Pringle.
PLEASE DON’T TELL, 675 Lisburn Road, Belfast
“I focus on shapes, fabrics and interesting accessories,” says Ann Donaldson shopkeeper, of her personal style, which she defines as “cool classic”. Her boutique on Belfast’s buzzy Lisburn Road is where you’ll find unfussy trenches from Kassl Editions and oversized corduroy suits from luxury brand Cawley Studio. “This season don’t wait until Christmas to wear your sequins,” says Ann, who will pair hers with a white tank by Dorothée Schumacher. www.pleasedonttell.ie
QUACK+DIRK, Rear Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3
A charming shop with an equally charming backstory. Deirdre Mahon first opened her shop for the summer of 2003, affectionately naming it after her and her bestie, QUACK + DIRK. When she opened the shop permanently in 2009 she kept the name. Quack + Dirk is a family affair. Deirdre’s architect mother and siblings helped her convert the garage, which housed spare parts for her father’s car mechanic business, into a quirky, vintage-inspired clothing boutique. www.qplusd.com. Photography by Dena Shearer.
ROCOCO, 20 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin
As part of its 21st birthday celebrations, Roxanna Allen is collaborating with Bl^nk London to produce a range of sustainably made kimonos and scarves, for which the boutique is known. “Rococo has always worked with labels that are making a difference to the fashion community,” says Roxanna. www.rococo.ie. Photograph by Lois Creighton.
SAMUI, 17 Drawbridge Street, Cork
Foodies visit the English Market; women who love fashion visit Clodagh Cronin’s store SAMUI. Clodagh’s collection has a strong rootstock of iconic designers like Rick Owens and Dries van Noten and Acne Studios, onto which is grafted an evolving, season-by-season selection of the labels of the moment. Samui’s styling videos went viral during lockdown – no surprise, they kept the joy of dressing up alive through the darkest days of leggings and loungewear. www.samuifashions.com. Photograph by Miki Barlok.
SCOUT, 5 Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“I’m wearing an indigo denim dress by Toast with corozo button detailing, cut in a shape I will wear for many years. It works really well across all seasons too,” says Wendy Crawford. “I love the longevity of Toast pieces. The quality of fabrics is really beautiful and I find their pieces are real workhorses for your wardrobe, something we always bear in mind when buying our collections.” www.scoutdublin.com.
SEAGREEN, 6a, 7a Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown Co Dublin & 45 Ranelagh, Dublin
“At SEAGREEN, we stock timeless pieces that can be worn multiple ways, season after season,” says owner Sarah Gill. New brand this season Second Female offers chunky knits and printed skirts while those in the know head to Seagreen for its edit of Yves Salomon coats and denim from Agolde and Citizens of Humanity. www.seagreen.ie.
SLOW STREET, 16 Main Street, Blackrock, Dublin
In SLOW STREET – IDI Store Design of the Year 2021 – on the Main Street in Blackrock, you’ll find recycled knits, organic denim and simple, chic silhouettes. “We don’t do trends. My passion is sourcing feelgood, clothes which have a positive impact on people and the environment,” says owner Evelyn Brown. www.slowstreet.ie.
SUSAN HUNTER, 13 Westbury Mall, Off Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Step inside Susan Moylett’s tiny store and give yourself over to the charming vendeuse within – who might indeed be Susan herself. This is the place to go when you resolve to spend more time choosing elegant, feelgood underwear (and nightwear) that fits properly and gives you confidence. Don’t wait for a special occasion – be more Frenchwoman this year! This store might actually change your life – it will certainly transform how you regard yourself. www.susanhunter.ie.
CLOTH DUBLIN, 15 Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2
A fabric and haberdashery destination founded by mother and daughter, Deirdre Noonan and Sinead Martin in 2010. The first shop was in Limerick, relocating to Dublin in 2012. CLOTH Dublin offers a wide range of fabrics, both for clothing and home interior projects. Between the two women they have a vast wealth of knowledge on sewing projects and are happy to share all their tips from sewing classes to made-to-measure services either in person or online. www.cloth.ie Photography by Deirdre Noonan.
CLOON KEEN, 21a High Street, Galway & Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2
This West of Ireland shop with its medieval-like archway opening onto a cobble-stoned street is the perfect environment for Cloon Keen’s line of poetic perfumes and candles. The founders of Cloon Keen, Margaret Mangan and Julian Checkley, met whilst working on a film production. For them creating scents is akin to weaving a story, with scents informed by the history, nature, and myths of Ireland. All Cloon Keen’s perfumes and candles are composed and hand poured in Galway. www.cloonkeen.com / www.instagram.com/cloonkeen/
CONNEMARA CARPETS, Clifden, Co Galway
Established in 1970 Connemara Carpets has two Galway showrooms, one in Clifden and one in Moyard, where luxury handmade rugs, carpets and wall-hangings can be viewed (and more importantly, touched). Each season Joan Nagle, managing director, releases a new series of exquisitely vibrant hand-tufted rugs and carpets under the house brand Moyard. “There tends to be a hesitancy among Irish clients about using bright colours. We want to get away from dark grey and show some light.” www.connemaracarpets.ie.
COSTELLOE & COSTELLOE, 14a Chatham Street, Dublin 2
A fashionably Barbie-pink storefront is home to COSTELLOE & COSTELLOE fashion accessories shop. Established in 2002 the family-run business has a range of accessories to complete any outfit. Fascinators and hats, handbags and clutches, wraps and shawls, and jewellery all neatly organised in a colourful rainbow of pattern and hues.
CUSHENDALE WOOLEN MILLS, Mill Road, Graiguenamanagh-Tinnahinch, Co Kilkenny
A woollen mill has stood at the site of the CUSHENDALE WOOLLEN MILL for over 800 years. Since 1778 six generations of the Cushens family have been crafting textiles, spinning yarn and weaving blankets that are showcased in the mill’s shop. From the shop views into the mill and storyboards give context to the brand’s unique heritage and product range of authentic Irish wool, lambswool and mohair yarns and blankets.
DROBEY, 1 Richmond Green, Monkstown, Co Dublin
Good for the environment and your wallet, renting the perfect designer outfit for a special occasion for a fraction of the outfit’s cost makes perfect sense. DROBEY is a fashion rental platform offering just that option. Book an appointment at their showroom to try on a variety of outfits suitable for holidays, weddings, or a night out.
DUO, 4 Sarsfield Street, Limerick City, Co Limerick
The peachy interior of Duo exudes wellbeing and positivity, a fitting vibe for a shop specialising in sustainability and wellness. The shelves neatly display a range of natural beauty and skincare products, healthy foods and supplements, and reusable, earth-friendly products. Tucked under the stairs is a coffee bar whilst a mezzanine does double duty as seating area and yoga loft. www.duoireland.com. www.instagram.com/duoireland/. Photography by Joshua Mulholland.
EKOTREE KNITWEAR, Ballyvoe, Doolin, Co Clare, Ireland
Sustainably developed luxury cashmere accessories designed and made in EKOTREE’S studio located in the Burren. The studio showcases the brand’s assortment of cashmere sweaters, hats, scarves, wraps, and beautiful in a beautiful array of colours and textures.
Flock, 72 Benburb St, Smithfield, Dublin 7
A former grocer’s shop is home to Flock, a wool-felted animal shop and studio in Smithfield, Dublin 7. As all the animals are handcrafted in the studio by founder and artisan, Jamie Lewis, customers are afforded a unique view into the process behind his craft; the blending of wool, water, and olive oil soap to form his adorable pets. www.flockstudio.ie.
Photography by Jamie Lewis.
HAPPY DAYS, 18 Leopardstown Road, Dublin 18
Inspired by a desire to break the unsustainable nature of fast fashion, Rachel Hennessy launched her fashion rental business, HAPPY DAYS, offering fashion lovers high-quality fashion in a sustainable way at a fraction of the price. End of season sales of pre-loved styles ensures that there is always a fresh rotation of styles.
HUNTER PAPER CO 366 Upper Newtownards Road, Ballyhackamore, Belfast, Northern Ireland
After establishing her wholesale card and print business in 2016, illustrator Emma Johnston opened Hunter Paper Co in 2020 with her husband Ross. The shop has a printing press that Emma uses to produce her own greeting cards and stocks beautiful stationery from all over the world. www.hunterpaperco.com.
KINSALE LEATHER, 46 Main Street, Kinsale, Co Cork
For Dee Mangan the importance of creating a beautiful environment to showcase her handmade leather bags and accessories was instrumental in her opening her shop. The Irish Accessory Designer of the Year appreciates people that want to know the story behind what they are buying and being in the shop allows Dee to share her process with her customers. www.kinsaleleather.com. www.instagram.com/kinsaleleather/.
Photography by Kate Bean.
OPTICA DUBLIN, 6 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Deirdre de Síun lovingly oversaw the renovation of the ground floor of a Georgian building to house her luxury eyewear shop. Local artisans were employed to restore and fit the shop with vintage fittings to best display stylish designer frames from around the world as well as Optica’s own Wolfhound collection of Irish linen scarves and eyewear. www.opticadublin.com. www.instagram.com/optica_dublin/.
Photography by Deirdre Young.
PARFUMARIJA, 25 Westbury Mall, Dublin 2
Classically trained perfumer, Marija Aslimoska, learnt her craft in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world in the South of France. After working with perfume houses in Grasse she returned to Dublin to open her own Perfume boutique. PERFUMAJIA offers a selection of rare and niche perfumes.
Photography by Edgar Allan @mredgarallan.
PAULA ROWAN, 31 The Mall Lower Main Street, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2
The last two years have seen Dublin glove designer PAULA ROWAN go from local legend to global name. From the Met Ball to the Vanity Fair Oscars party, the Gucci movie to Lady Gaga’s world tour, appearances in W magazine, British Vogue (styled by Edward Enninful) and UK Tatler, her Italian leather gloves in styles like Aida, Monserrat and Caroline, have popped up in the smartest of places. If the little city centre village that is the Westbury Mall, feels a little quiet right now, remember within it are Paula’s well-stocked shop, as well as Susan Hunter, Stable, Stonechat and Cloth. Take a look! www.paularowan.com.
ROUNDSTONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, Monastery Road, Ervallagh, Roundstone, Co Galway
An old Franciscan Monastery serves as the studio and shop of renowned bodhrán maker Malachy Kearns. Now in its 45th year, ROUNDSTONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS handcrafts bodhráns, decorating them with colourful custom designs and family crests.
SHADY AND THE LAMP, 114 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6w
Interior stylist Sarah O’Dea learnt her unique craft under the tutelage of two master lampshade makers in the UK. Returning to Ireland, Sarah started her own bespoke lampshade business and opened a shop in Terenure. The possibilities are endless – think jewel toned silks with deep fringes, colourful embroidered fabrics, and textured neutrals in a variety of shapes, all handmade by Sarah and her team. www.shadyandthelamp.ie Photography by Eileen Mantel.
SOUND ADVICE, 3B, M12 Business Park New Charlestown Road Carn, Portadown, Belfast
Located inside a former historic Belfast linen mill, SOUND ADVICE record store stocks both new and secondhand vinyl. Founded by DJ and vinyl aficionado, Marion Hawkes, the store specialises in electronic, soul, disco, and jazz.
SWENY’S, 1 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Sweny’s featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses, a former pharmacy that today serves as much as a museum as a shop, celebrating James Joyce and his works. Sweny’s was immortalised in chapter five by Leopold Bloom who purchased a bar of ‘Sweny’s Lemon Scented Soap’. The interior is the same today as when it first opened as a pharmacy in 1847.
THE KITCHEN WHISK, 28 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
A passion for food and cooking led Mary, a home cook and her Ballymaloe trained daughter, Kate to open The Kitchen Whisk in 2017. The mother daughter duo has filled their shop with a wide range of kitchenware from tableware to the most unusual of kitchen tools, providing equipment for enthusiastic and dedicated home cooks, culinary students as well as experienced chefs. www.thekitchenwhisk.ie.
THE TRIGGERFISH COOKSHOP, 2b Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
A passionate at-home cook, Bob Toal, has taken his years of travels around the world visiting culinary destinations and shares his wealth of knowledge and experience in his shop, The Triggerfish Cookshop. An emporium that is dedicated to tools and wares for cooking and eating. The shop is stocked with an impressive range of goods he has discovered on his travels, including knives, hard-to-find gadgets, and specialised cookware. www.thetriggerfishcookware.com.
THIS IS KNIT, First Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
Mother and daughter, Lisa and Jacqui Sisk, are both avid knitters that led them to selling yarns at a market stall in 2006. Based on the success of the stall they opened THIS IS KNIT, a yarn shop in the Powerscourt Townhouse specialising in natural-fibre yarns of wool, silk, cotton, and cashmere.
Photography by Ken Walsh
INTERIORS SHOPS & STUDIOS
A BROADER PICTURE, 39-40 The Promenade, Portstewart, Northern Ireland
Located on Ireland’s beautiful North Coast, A Broader Picture is a family pursuit to supply the goods to create a comfortable home. The store was originally founded as a picture framing and craft shop in 1998 by retired teacher, Brian Farthing and his wife, Siobhan. Today, under the stewardship of the couple’s daughter and her husband, Hannah and Steven Mackay, the store has evolved into a contemporary home and lifestyle shop. www.abroaderpicture.com. www.instagram.com/abroaderpicture/
APRIL AND THE BEAR, 213 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
“At APRIL AND THE BEAR we encourage you to embrace what you love,” explains owner Siobhan Lam, whose customers beat a path to this eclectic little oasis in Rathmines. Find quirky prints, tablescaping staples by Ferm Living, HK Living and Klevering, gifts and beautiful accessories. www.aprilandthebear.com
BTS CONCEPT STORE, 9 Queen Street, Ferguson House, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Owner Tracy McAllister left her job at a university to pursue her dream of having her own interior and home shop. The result is an ode to coastal living. Her shop, BTS Concept Store, is inspired the colours and textures of the outdoors, coupled with the clean lines and simplicity of Scandinavian design. https://btsconceptstore.com / www.instagram.com/btsconceptstore/. Photography by Tracy McAllister and Jill Campbell
CA Design, 41B Avenue Road, Portobello, Dublin 8
In search of an Eames-style lounger or a Wishbone-style chair? Look no further than CA DESIGN, in Portobello, Dublin 8, where founder Carol-Anne Leyden is celebrating her tenth year in business. CA’s forte is quality mid-century-style furniture, from brands such as Hubsch, Pols Potton, Ethnicraft and Umage. A design consultation service is also available. www.cadesign.ie.
HEDGEROE HOME, Unit 1, The View, Carrickmines Manor, Carrickmines, Dublin 18
When selecting homewares for their elegant store, mother-and-daughter duo Rhona and Rebecca Roe, of HEDGEROE HOME in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, are inspired by their travels and love of craft. www.hedgeroe.com.
HELEN TURKINGTON INTERIORS, 58 Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan
At HELEN TURKINGTON INTERIORS on Spruce Avenue in Stillorgan, customers will find inspirational room sets, bespoke furniture, lighting, accessories, paint and an extensive fabric library. “We have worked hard to build a core range of complementary offerings, so each new drop can supplement or refresh your existing scheme with seasonal newness,” says Helen. www.helenturkington.com.
HOUSE MCGRATH, 102 St Patrick Mills, Douglas, Cork
A wonderful collection of refurbished antiques and artisanal homeware. Founder Carla McGrath is known for her amazing assortment of antique dressers, repairing, and frequently updating them with a coat of new colour, making them fresh and modern. There is also a complementary selection of tabletop and artisanal home décor goods. www.housemcgrath.com
INTERIORS ATELIER, Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Lisa and Sinéad have established a very strong collection of own-design, Irish-made occasional and console tables, ottomans and armchairs, along with fabric pouffes, lamps and shades, cushions botanical prints and trays. It’s all very fresh and quite classic, but with a gorgeous breeziness blowing in from Sydney or LA. They’ll also consult on your home project. @interiors_atelier
JULIANNE KELLY INTERIORS, Morehampton Road in Donnybrook, Dublin 4
A stylish fixture on Morehampton Road in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 since 1992, this family interiors business rebranded as JULIANNE KELLY INTERIORS in 2020 and maintains its reputation for good design and, excellent service. “We represent over 100 brands and create bespoke pieces such as sofas, headboards, armchairs and dining chairs,” says Julianne. www.juliannekellyinteriors.ie.
MAVEN, The Bank, 364 Lisburn Road, Belfast
Taking a meaningful approach to shopping are Catherine and Patricia McGinnis, founders of MAVEN, which sells design brands such as &Tradition, HAY and Muuto, as well as carefully chosen smaller independent Irish makers like Annadale Brickworks, Mourne Textiles and Molloy & Sons. The sisters have just launched a .ie website with prices in euros and no customs duties for customers south of the border. www.wearemaven.ie
NEST, 127 The Quay, Waterford
“At NEST, our aim is to offer timeless forever pieces for the home, things that will bring both colour and joy,” says Sinead Palmer of her cool and colourful Waterford store. At Nest you will find Lisa Corte tableware and Margo in Margate prints and a range of rechargeable lamps of which Sinead is a huge fan: “They are fabulous for outdoor dining, dark hallways without sockets and moody dinner table lighting.” www.lovenest.ie.
NORDIC ELEMENTS, 38 Main Street, Blackrock, Dublin
“NORDIC ELEMENTS is a hybrid of all things design with a Scandinavian ethos,” explains Helle Moyna, founder and creative director of the smart Blackrock showroom, store, and design service. Browse the carefully edited collection of furniture, lighting, and accessories. Nordic Elements is also a brilliant place to pick up gifts, such as pretty candles and holders, and unusual design books. www.nordicelements.com
ORIANA B, 19 Esmond Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3
Founded by Katharine Deas and Alanna Monks, the aesthetic of ORIANA B in Fairview Dublin 3 is based on a sense of humour and chic European style. www.orianab.com.
PROVENANCE, Station House Courtyard, Clifden, Co Galway
Interior designers, Rosie Johnson and Sadhbh O’Gorman joined forces in 2021 to open the home and interior shop and design studio PROVENANCE. They share a love of exceptional local craftsmanship, the restoration of unique pieces, and natural textiles. Signature pieces include stools and chairs upholstered in vintage grain sacks. www.provenance-interior.ie
Rock Hill Interiors & Design, 25 Rock Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Rock Hill Interiors, owned by husband and wife team Paula and Colin Campbell is an inspiration for interior design professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike. Visitors will find a variety of room set-ups (from nurseries to home offices), a library of gorgeous natural fabrics, and many international brands, exclusive to Rock Hill, such as CTO Lighting. If you want to channel a chic organic interiors aesthetic, this is where to find it. Just a few doors down from the flagship store, a second gorgeous new store RH+ has recently opened. This is the place to find posh festive decorations, interesting home accessories and presents for hostesses. www.rockhillinteriors.com @rockhill.interiors
THE WILDS, 23 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Husband and wife, Paula Asple and Simon Nelson opened THE WILDS in 2015, a homeware and gift shop with a café serving local, seasonal fare. The shop boasts a neutral and natural colour palette, materials and texture adding interest to the assortment of vintage, reclaimed, and new homeware. Included in the offering is a selection of jewellery, stationery, and locally grown flowers. www.thewilds.ie
LIFESTYLE & HOMEWARES
ARTICLE, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
The former dressing room of Lord Powerscourt in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, stately home turned boutique shopping destination, is home to homeware shop, ARTICLE. With a focus on home décor, tabletops, and stationery, Article’s shelves are stocked with a unique assortment of home goods from around the globe. After working with both Habitat and John Mellor in London, owner and shopkeeper John Adams opened his own shop, stocking Article with an edit of goods he personally picks and loves. www.article.ie Photography by Sean Breithaupt @seanbreithaupt
BEGLEY & BOWIE, 16 Henry Street, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Prolific award-winning designer Doireann Healy designs, creates, and prints the signature products in her shop, BEGLEY & BOWIE. Favoring fluorescent and pastel colours with a distinctive playful style, she creates a range of casual clothing, art prints, and accessories.
CHALK AND EASEL, Main Street, Ballinspittle, Co Cork
“We describe CHALK AND EASEL as an interiors store with a difference,” says owner Emily Connell. The eclectic stock in the Ballinspittle, Co Cork store includes Italian Uashmama washable paper products, kitchen gadgets by French brand Cookut and La Bougie candles. www.chalkandeasel.ie.
CRINKLE STORES, Green Street, Dingle, Co Kerry
A former draper’s shop in Dingle, Co Kerry is representative of owner Sarah Dolan’s passion for nature, crafts and contemporary design. Collaborating with smaller Irish artists and designers it offers bespoke pieces by local ceramic artist David Holden, scents by The Home Moment, rare breed undyed Irish sheepskins as well as European brands like HK Living. @crinklestores
DESIGNIST, 68 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Founded by Barbara Nolan and Jennie Flynn in 2010, DESIGNIST is a shop for “remarkable gifts & bright ideas.” A destination for fun, unique, and quirky goods. There is also a handy monthly subscription option, choose from numerous pre-curated packages such as socks or stationery, toys, or wellness. www.designist.com
DISTRIKT BY MIA, Unit 1, Earlton House, South Quay, Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow
Step into Mia Parson’s exotic concept store DISTRIKT BY MIA, in Wicklow town, where colour and character combine in her edit of art, textiles, furniture, and lighting. The multi-talented Mia, an interior stylist, jewellery designer, and jazz singer, opened her bohemian-inspired shop in 2021 stocking it with a variety of goods from Ireland, Morocco, France, Germany, and Denmark. www.distriktbymia.ie
FINDERS KEEPERS, 1 Little Patrick Street, Waterford
Downright quirky. A concept store, a cabinet of curiosities … Lisa Connolly, owner of FINDERS KEEPERS in Bray, Co Wicklow, proudly stocks over 40 small independent brands from Ireland, the UK, Europe and Australia. “A big driver for our buying has been entertaining at home. I guarantee our new homewares collections will be the talk of your next dinner party!” www.finderskeepersthestore.ie
FOREST & FLOCK, 10 New Street, Bantry, Co Cork
Based on the success of the FOREST & FLOCK pop-up shop in 2017, Bernie O’Sullivan found a permanent home for the business the following year. Showcasing Irish arts, crafts, and design, Forest & Flock features the work of more than 70 Irish artists and makers. Also home to a petite coffee bar, Piccolo serving coffee, hot chocolate, and delicious treats. www.forestandflock.ie
FOXFORD, Providence Road, Foxford, Co Mayo
The Foxford Mill was founded on the River Moy in 1892 by a nun, Mother Agnes, to bring much needed industry to the impoverished area. In 1987 the business was rescued by a local, Joe Queenan, and designer Helen McAlinden was enlisted to revitalise Foxford’s offering for a new generation of customers. The café located in the original pattern and yarn rooms of Foxford Mill allows customers to view the old pattern books and the Mill manager’s old filing cabinet from 1900 with original labels still adorned. www.foxford.com Photographed by Karolina Ostrowska.
GRANNY’S BOTTOM DRAWER, 3 Main Street, Town-Plots, Kinsale, Co Cork
A classic-style homeware store on the Wild Atlantic Way showcasing design and crafts by both Irish and European artisans and makers. Established in 1993 by Clodagh Murray, GRANNY’S BOTTOM DRAWER stocks an heirloom-worthy selection of Irish throws, knitwear, and ceramics.
HARK, 42 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin
“In a world full of trends, we remain classic,” says Paul Donovan who opened HARK on Castle Street, Dalkey, mid-pandemic. “Our store is about functionality; we look for products that are well designed and helpful for everyday life, from kitchen items to tools for the garden.” Look out for Toyo steel toolboxes and Vetra workwear jackets. Hark will open a second store on Cow’s Lane in Dublin 2 this year. www.harkhomegoods.ie
INDUSTRY & CO, 41a/b Drury Street, Dublin 2
Brother-and-sister team Vanessa and Marcus Mac Innes opened INDUSTRY&CO in 2010. The shop is a unique collaboration between creative director and interior designer Vanessa coupled with Marcus’ passion for the food and business side of things. Homeware, jewellery, and apothecary items are a mix of local Irish designers and from sources in Europe, the USA and Japan. www.industryandco.com
IRISH DESIGN SHOP, 41 Drury Street, Dublin 2
“We travel the country to source suppliers, finding extremely talented makers who are not stocked elsewhere,” say Clare Grennan and Laura Gaffrey, owners of IRISH DESIGN SHOP on Dublin’s Drury Street. “Among our favourite makers are ceramicist Mark Campden, handweaver Eddie Doherty and furniture-maker Tricia Harris. We also stock a bespoke Irish crystal collection by Criostal na Rinne. Our aim is to cater for every budget.” www.irishdesignshopshop.com
JENNIFER SLATTERY, Benburb Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Jennifer Slattery’s studio and shop is an opportunity to see the designer at work. Customers can witness the design process in action at the large worktable in the centre of the space. This is where Jennifer creates her Irish linen clothing collection and her award-winning embroidered linen tableware.
JOYCE’s CRAFTSHOP CONNEMARA, Recess, Connemara, Co Galway
Festus Joyce the owner of the Joyce family Marble Quarry in Connemara founded JOYCE CRAFTSHOP around 1895 to showcase the distinctive green stone. Today, artist and photographer Mark Joyce, the founder’s great-great-grandson, manages the shop. As well as a range of jewellery and goods featuring Connemara marble, including vintage pieces, there is also a selection of Irish handcrafts and books. www.joycescraftshop.com
LISBETH MULCAHY, THE WEAVER’S SHOP, 47 Green Street, Dingle, Co Kerry
SIOPA NA BHFÍODÓIRI (The Weavers’ Shop) showcases the designs and legacy of the late weaver and tapestry Lisbeth Mulcahy who passed away earlier this year. Alongside Lisbeth’s tapestries, wall hangings, and woven scarves there are ceramics by her potter husband, Louis Mulcahy, and a selection of knitwear and jewellery by Irish craftspeople. In the upstairs rooms there are large looms where, if you are lucky, you might see the weavers at work.
LNV HOME, 679 Lisburn Road, Belfast
Helene Vaillant of LNV HOME, Belfast, likes to mix function with beauty and offers international brands and French antique pieces. www.lnvhome.com.
MICHELLE MITTON DESIGN GALLERY, 28 Pearse Street, Clonakilty, Co Cork
MICHELLE MITTON DESIGN GALLERY is a design-led gift shop in West Cork established by Michelle Mitton in 1999. As well as goods for the home, there are gifts for every occasion and everyone. Rest assured, Michelle understands the finer details of gift giving and the importance of a beautifully presented package. www.michellemitton.com Photography by Dermot Sullivan.
PORTLAND AVENUE, Glengormley, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
A plant-filled home and gift shop filled with a treasure trove of goods by independent makers. Founded in 2015 by Teresa Murray, PORTLAND AVENUE has a carefully curated range of kitchenware, homeware, tabletop, serve ware, jewellery, and accessories. Gifts are sorted by category – for him and for her – making for ease of shopping. @portlandavenuelifestyle
SAHARA, 69C George’s Street Upper, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Having launched online during the pandemic, SAHARA now has a store on George’s Street Upper in Dún Laoghaire where customers will find gorgeous African paintings, furniture and accessories guaranteed to add colour to their homes. Sahara’s Ghanaian owner Barikisu Ali Telfer scours villages across Africa seeking skilled artisans to produce high quality original crafts you won’t see anywhere else. www.sahara.ie
STABLE Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2
Sonia Reynolds and Frances Duff have created a fresh and modern take on Irish weaving and craft, presenting old-world skills and traditions in a new light. Stable works with more than 30 different producers to create the clothing, accessories and homewares offered in the shop. www.stableofireland.com.
STOCK DESIGN, 33/34 South King Street, Dublin 2
A staple of the Dublin retail scene, STOCK DESIGN has stood proudly on the same corner of South King Street since 1977. Founded in 1973 the kitchenware and homeware moved to its current premises in 1977, a former factory and abattoir, which partly explains its unusual layout. Known for its impressive assortment of kitchen gadgets and tools, tabletop, barware, and toys. www.stockdesignonline.com
THE BLUE DOOR, 16B Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin
After establishing their shop, THE BLUE DOOR in Naas in 2003, Peter and Eileen Kelly later moved the premises to The Crescent in Monkstown. The Scandinavian-influenced homeware shop has a lovely assortment of goods by craftspeople and designers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France and Ireland. There is an adjacent outdoor space for garden furniture and décor. www.thebluedoordirect.com
THE LOFT, Brookvale Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
The Loft, an industrial-style space in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, is an exciting store as well as the headquarters for owner Cormac Rowell’s ROWELL DESIGN service. Stocking contemporary and mid-century furniture, lighting, mirrors, accessories and a stunning selection of indoor and outdoor plants, it’s packed full of inspiration for indoor and outdoor seasonal revamps. Cormac also provides convenient staging services to transform properties before sale. www.rowelldesign.ie.
THE OLD MILL STORES, Gortroe, Connonagh, Co Cork
The owners of THE OLD MILL STORES in Gortroe, Co Cork are interior designer Claire Graham and Tom Keane, an experienced retailer. They spotted a gap in the market for edgy homewares. “We trade on our difference, not our sameness,” says Claire. “We have drawn on our design experience to help us choose interesting stock, and regularly add new brands sourced on our travels.” www.theoldmillstores.ie
THE SNUG ROOM, Pigeonpark, Danesfort, Co Kilkenny
Home and interior shop, THE SNUG ROOM, is housed in a beautifully restored barn in the heart of the Kilkenny countryside. Step through the pretty pink doors to a cottage of carefully curated collection of furniture and home décor goods from ethical and sustainable Irish and European brands.
HANDMADE POTTERY SHOPS
ARDMORE POTTERY, Cliff Road, Dysert, Ardmore, Co Waterford
ARDMORE POTTERY & GALLERY overlooks Ardmore Bay in the heart of the Co Waterford village and is co-owned by potters Mary Lincoln and her daughter, Katie. The store stocks a collection of Irish design, craft and art including their own Ardmore Pottery line which has been produced in the pottery for over 40 years. “The colours of the sea are reflected in every piece made in-house,” they say. www.ardmorepottery.com
ARRAN STREET EAST, 43/44 Arran Street East, Dublin 1 & Main Street, Schull, Co Cork
Award-winning Dublin pottery and weaving shop/studio ARRAN STREET EAST is owned by Laura Magahy. It offers a unique first-hand experience in the production of ceramic goods. Customers can view pots being thrown, glazed, and fired, and textile looms in action. Arran Street East has also opened a creative hub in Cork. The pretty, two-shades of pink shopfront houses a charming outpost that hosts pottery, weaving, and baking workshops. And, of course, there is the full range of Arran Street East’s gorgeous ceramics and textiles. www.arranstreeteast.ie.
Photography by Zoe Choy O’Byrne in Schull and Matthew Thompson in Dublin.
BROOKWOOD POTTERY, 3 Marino Mart, Marino, Dublin 3
Established in a former post office by potter Elaine Fallon, BROOKWOOD POTTERY is a shop and pottery studio featuring Elaine’s pottery and the textiles, print, homeware and jewellery of over 40 craftspeople that Elaine admires. The studio offers one-day adult pottery classes for small groups every Saturday.
Photography by Donal Murphy
NICHOLAS MOSSE COUNTRY SHOP, The Mill, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny
An old stone mill on the River Nore is home to a store celebrating Nicholas Mosse pottery. Nicholas Mosse, and his wife Susan, create pottery inspired by the Irish countryside, patterns that are sponge-printed onto each piece of pottery using an age-old tradition dating back to the 18th century. The mill offers the full range of Nicholas Mosse pottery as well as rooms dedicated to its history, the area, and the pottery, and includes viewing windows to watch potters at work. www.nicholasmosse.com
Photography by Susan Mosse.
SHANAGARRY POTTERY/STEPHEN PEARCE, The Old Pottery, Shanagarry, Co Cork
Stephen Pearce’s iconic pottery is made from locally dug clay from the banks of the river Blackwater. The same material that his father, potter Phillip Pearce and other Shanagarry area potters have been using for over 250 years. The charming rural pottery in Cork affords visitors an opportunity to learn how the pottery is made. www.shanagarrypotters.com
FRESH CUTS, 13 Castle Market, Dublin 2
An ethical and sustainable multi-brand store, FRESH CUTS got its start in 2015 in Cow’s Lane Designer Market. Husband-and-wife team, Steven and Lorna Murphy are the creators of the brand. Lorna designs the Fresh Cut brand goods for men, women, and kids which are complemented by an assortment of sustainable European brands. www.freshcutsclothing.com Photography by Debs Bourke.
HUNTER & BLOOM, 17 Ashe Street, Scartagh, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Husband and wife, Meg and Seán Treacy, combined their two distinct businesses, a dried flower store and a menswear business, into one store called HUNTER & BLOOM. Homeware, dried flowers, and gifts occupy the front of the space whilst a doorway leads to the back of the store where Seán’s edit of menswear and accessories comfortably abide.
INDIGO & CLOTH, 9 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A multi-level lifestyle store and specialty café located in the heart of vibrant Temple Bar, Dublin. Established in 2007, Andy Collins became the new owner in 2018, expanding the menswear offering and introducing womenswear and homeware to the assortment. The ground floor is home to the café serving an ever-changing list of international coffee roasters. Also, on this floor there is a selection of magazines and apothecary items. www.indigoandcloth.com
KEVIN & HOWLIN, 31 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Founded in 1936 by Jim Kevin and Michael Howlin to provide quality tailoring using tweed fabrics. Jim’s son, Noel, took over the business in 1974. Men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, in a colourful rainbow of tweed fabrics, line the walls. There are jackets, trousers, skirts, and stacks of hats in a variety of shapes. Bolts of fabric are stacked at the rear of store, and are sold by the metre or used for bespoke, made-to-measure orders.
KINDF_OLK, Unit 10 The Corn Store, Middle Street, Galway City
A modern and airy contemporary menswear store with a selection of books, home goods and apothecary items and a coffee bar. Established in 2021 by fashion industry veteran Declan McGowan, Kindf_olk’s Scandi aesthetic is the perfect backdrop for the mix of ethically-made goods with a focus on sustainability. www.kindfolkgalway.ie Photography by Madison O’Toole.
LOUIS COPELAND, 18-19 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Louis Copeland has six stores but we like the Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 one best – it’s smaller than most, with a buzzy atmosphere and nice architectural features. Louis himself might be there, upstairs, tape measure around his neck, or one of the knowledgeable chaps who can size your man up at a glance – no need to sift through the rails, just tell them what you want, and they’ll bring it to you. @louiscopeland_and_sons
THE BUREAU, B2 Portview, 310 Newtownards Road & Hill Street, Belfast
Established in 1989 by Paul Craig and Michael Hamilton, The Bureau Belfast is a menswear retailer with an emphasis on heritage, durability, and workwear brands. They operate a vast warehouse space and opened a “Research Store” in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter in 2022.
TRUTH, 8 High Street, Ennis, Co Clare
TRUTH’s neon green door signals that Conor Harkin’s approach to menswear is fresh and unique. With ten years’ experience, menswear veteran Conor Harkin opened Truth in 2021. There is a tightly edited assortment of athletic and contemporary casual wear merchandised in a modern way that is easy to shop. With frequent deliveries and items chosen to work together, Conor makes it easy for men to update their wardrobe. www.thisistruth.com
A HARTMANN & SON 29 William Street, Galway
This fourth-generation family business is an institution in Galway, specialising in engagement rings, diamond jewellery and fine jewellery brands such as Fope, Fabergé and Marco Bicego. “We are also the west of Ireland’s only stockists of Tag Heuer and Longines watches,” says owner Richard Hartmann. www.hartmanns.ie.
AMOC, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow
Danish jewellery designer Mette O’Connor is a trained gemologist, diamond grader and a member of FAIRMINED, an institution that supports ethical, artisan and small scaling mining. The open plan shop/workshop is where Mette handcrafts her pieces. Mette accepts commissions where she will work with the client from sketch to finished piece and will remodel old jewellery. www.amoc.ie Photography by Mette O’Connor.
BLACKBIRD, Unit 4, Bank Place, Ennis, Co Clare
A pretty pink shopfront is home to Blackbird, a jewellery shop featuring contemporary Irish and European jewellery designers. Blackbird was opened in 2019 by Katie Rogers whose vision was for a jewellery store more accessible to customers, especially men. She has achieved this using freestanding units rather than having everything displayed in a glass counter as at a traditional jewellery shop. www.blackbirdennis.ie. Photography by www.vagelisart.com.
BOODLES, 71 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Designed by architect Eva Jiri?ná, Boodles’ Dublin store is a stylish, welcoming space reflecting the family ethos of the Boodles team who prides themselves on their warm relationships with Irish clients. Known for statement-making, exquisitely designed, elegant fine jewellery, Boodles designs and produces all pieces in house and sources gems from all over the world. Boodles has a long-standing 25-year partnership with Patek Philippe watches, the only other brand stocked in the store. www.boodles.com.
CHUPI, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2
Step inside Chupi’s brand new store at the Clarendon Street entrance to the Powerscourt Centre, a grown-up space that outlines how far the brand has come over the last ten years. Founder Chupi Sweetman has plans to expand the space with a second floor dedicated to rooms for private appointments and a workshop for her talented team of goldsmiths. Find very special solid gold and diamond (natural or lab) pieces, pretty pearls, or treat someone to a glistening gold Chupi coin which can be redeemed against any piece in store or online. www.chupi.com @chupi
ESL, 2 Chatham Street, Dublin 2
Known for redesigning clients’ existing pieces with more contemporary settings, ESL also specialises in ethical lab-grown diamonds. Their innovative “Click Clasp” pearl systems allows the owner to match different outfits using one set of pearls with different coloured clasps. Staudt Twenthe watches, from Dutch watchmaker Yvo Staudt, is another ESL exclusive. www.esljewellery.ie.
GELLETLIE JEWELLERS, Main Street, Wicklow
Gelletlie Jewellers is one of the oldest jewellers and goldsmiths in Ireland, established in 1818. “We have a reputation for handcrafting bespoke jewellery and redesigning customers’ antique jewellery into beautiful, new contemporary pieces,” explains Joan Gelletlie. The now-famous Bobby Bird, a Christmas tree decoration featuring an initial on a delicate silver chain, is one of Gelletlie’s popular designs. “It’s a memorable way to mark a baby’s first Christmas, or a special gift for a friend.” www.gelletlie.com.
KEANES JEWELLERS 93-95 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
Established in 1948, Keanes Jewellers has stores in Cork, Limerick and Killarney. The group stocks the largest range of diamond rings in Ireland, due to its membership of the Houlden International Buying Group, which negotiates competitive prices for all of its members. Impressive Swiss watch brands (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling and Longines), high-end jewellery (Fope and Shaun Leane) and fashion brands such as Armani, are further reasons to visit. www.keanes.ie.
HARLOW FINE JEWELLERY, 15 Baileys New Street, Viking Triangle, Waterford City
Lisa Statham is descended from a long line of goldsmiths, dating back to the early 19th century. So, it’s fitting that after gaining experience in the jewellery industry in Ireland and Australia that she open her own boutique. Harlow Fine Jewellery in Waterford’s historic Viking Triangle, established in 2020 features Irish and independent jewellery designers alongside her own designs and is perfect for when you’re searching for that something special, for yourself or for a loved one. www.harlowjewellery.ie
LOULERIE, 14B Chatham Street, Dublin 2
“Having a splash of colour beside the face is a great way to update your look, especially on darker winter days,” believes Louise Stokes, who invests in great tailoring and accessorises with pieces from her fine jewellery collection. “The Diamond Martini necklace and 9mm Diamond Huggies are my go-to for everyday wear. In the evening, I switch to a pair of statement Mignonne Gavigan earrings.” www.loulerie.com
MCCAUL GOLDSMITHS, The Diamond, Main Street, Malahide, Co Dublin
With ateliers in London and Dublin the McCaul brothers, David and Barry both traditionally trained goldsmiths, handcraft their collection of unique modern fine jewellery. The recently opened MCCAUL GOLDSMITHS atelier in Malahide (conveniently located in “The Diamond”) affords customers an opportunity to meet the designers and to gain an insight into the creative process.
MOMUSE, Unit 5, 59 South William Street, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2
“Our store mirrors the experience of opening a MoMuse box,” explains owner and jewellery designer Margaret O’Rourke. Understated, with an emphasis on clean lines and geometric shapes, each MoMuse piece is created with versatility and longevity in mind. “Our core collections feature stars, moons, circles, bars and squares rendered in ethically sourced 9kt, 18kt and 14kt gold and are inspired by travel and the night sky.” Customers can visit MoMuse’s new creative studio, on the top floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse, where O’Rourke creates and crafts her collections. www.momuse.ie
ONE DAME LANE, The Carriage House, Church Road, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co Wicklow
Jewellery designer, Lyndsey Cavanagh, creates heavenly, affordable jewellery collections inspired by her design training and spiritual practices in Reiki and Seichim. A recent collaboration with comedian Joanne McNally balances Lyndsey’s finely detailed creations with Joanne’s bold, chunky designs.
RACHEL SWAN GOLDSMITH, Unit 5, Marlay Park Courtyard, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Jewellery designer and goldsmith, Rachel Swan has a studio in the charming Marlay Park Courtyard set within 300 acres of parkland. Rachel handcrafts contemporary pieces in gold and gemstones, finished with the perfect balance of satin textures and polishing.
RARE JEWELLERY DESIGN 12 Castle Market, Dublin 2
This family-run business, founded by third-generation jeweller Denise O’Connor, specialises in understated, contemporary jewellery. “We bring a thoughtful, considered and practical approach to the Irish jewellery market at a time when there is so much choice.” Rare also supports and nurtures students with internships from colleges in Ireland and abroad. O’Connor says, “This training and development ensures the craft and skills of jewellery design, goldsmithing and gemology continue for generations to come.” www.rare.ie.
SEOIDÍN, 52 O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co Clare & Limerick & Skerries, Co Dublin
SEODÍN means “little jewel” in Irish, an appropriate name for Maureen Harrison’s jewellery shops. After leaving school, Maureen worked in a local jewellery shop and through repair works in the service department, she learnt she had a natural talent as a jeweller. When the stars aligned, she fulfilled her dream to open her own shop which she did in Ennis in 1996. Leveraging on the success of that first store Maureen has opened three more boutiques, adding another store in Clare and shops in Dublin and Limerick. www.seoidin.com Photography by Leon Murphy.
STONECHAT JEWELLERS, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2
Customers can shop the designs of contemporary Irish jewellers such as Seamus Gill and Helena Malone at Stonechat Jewellers, and also watch goldsmiths making jewellery at their workbenches in store. This interactive experience is part of owner Ann Chapman’s vision for the store, which opened in 2012. Stonechat’s Stepping Stones collection has raised over €30,000 for Aware, the Irish mental health non-profit organisation. www.stonechatjewellers.ie.
WEIR & SONS 96-99 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 and Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16
Founded in 1869 by Thomas Weir, Weir & Sons is still a family business, employing over 80. A team of inhouse jewellers creates the exclusive Weirs Collection and the grand store includes departments devoted to watches, jewellery, silver, leather goods and antiques. Bremont is the latest watch brand to be stocked, while Weir & Sons has just been authorised as a Rolex Service Centre. www.weirandsons.ie.
BÉBHÍNN, 129 Parade Quay, Waterford
Designer Bébhínn McGrath features her namesake brand’s knitwear collection in her store, BÉBHÍNN. Crafted from a rainbow hued colour palette of speckled wool, the collection includes cardigans, jumpers, scarves and hats for adults and little ones. The shop also has a selection of gifts made in Ireland by Irish artists and makers.
HARBOUR ROAD, The Crossroads, Bunbeg, Co Donegal
A charming gift shop by the sea in coastal Donegal, Lorraine Quinn has stocked her shop, HARBOUR ROAD, with unique Irish and European giftable goods and homeware. There is a range of Frenchic chalk paints, a go-to for upcycling projects, while the coffee corner serves coffee, Italian hot chocolate, and sweet treats to enjoy whilst browsing. www.shopharbourroad.com
MIRA MIRA, 3 Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin 4
An Aladdin’s cave of eclectic gifts and children’s clothing sourced from ethically minded brands. Bronwyn Thomson has packed her tiny storefront, Mira Mira, on the edge of Sandymount Green with a unique assortment of handmade, original, organic and funky treasures.
ROSALINS, 42 Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Boasting one of the first neon signs in Ireland, ROSALINS has undergone many transformations. Now under the helm of Katie O’Brien the latest iteration is less newsagents and more lifestyle store. Newspapers now sit by international specialty magazines. Children can spend their pocket money on sweets, ice cream or comics, whilst parents are offered a range of homeware from Ireland, France and Scandinavia.
RUSSBOROUGH SHOP, Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Russborough House is a magnificent example of Irish Palladian architecture and home to the renowned Beit art collection. Today the house is owned by a charitable foundation who enlisted the creative skills of retail veteran Amanda Pratt to set up a shop in the majestic basement. Inspired by the beauty and heritage of Russborough House, Amanda has chosen a product mix homeware, books, jewellery, textiles, stationery, and gifts that evoke the grandeur of its history. All sales support the foundation of Russborough House. www.shop.russborough.ie Photography by Joanna Barry.
BARN, 21 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
A modern kid’s lifestyle store with products for the home, books, toys, clothing, and baby equipment, owned by Marcus and Vanessa Mac Innes. There is a prominent Scandinavian influence, much like sister-store Industry Design. The colour palette of the clothing is neutral and sophisticated, and there is an emphasis on imaginative play. Spread over two floors, BARN is packed with a multitude of options, but not overwhelming as the shop is neatly organised with many goods displayed on pegboard walls. www.wearebarn.com
HALWAY UP THE STAIRS, 1 Malvern, La Touche Place, Greystones, Co Wicklow
One of the few bookshops in Ireland specialising in children’s books, HALFWAY UP THE STAIRS was opened by Trish Hennessy in 2019. The bookshop is designed with childhood imagination in mind, from the charming logo (designed by children’s illustrator Michael Emberley) to the mural-painted walls. Alongside a diverse selection of children’s and young adult books, in both English and Irish, there is a selection of wooden and plush toys, and puzzles. www.halfwayupthestairs.ie Photography by Ger Holland.
JANE CARROLL, 1 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Textile designer Jane Carroll opened her first, petite, shop in 2004 to showcase her charming baby and children quilts that can be personalised with a name and date of birth. Based on the success of her business and growing assortment Jane moved her shop to a lovely corner store on Blackrock’s main street. As well as the quilts there is a selection of toys, children’s clothing, and gifts delightfully displayed on custom built doll houses that serve as display units. www.janecarrolldesign.com
Over The Moon, 26 Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Co Dublin
Having recently just celebrated its first birthday, Over The Moon in Monkstown (and online) was founded by sisters Katie Guardianelli and Hannah Corcoran in 2021. Offering a specially curated edit of childrenswear, baby gifting, interiors and considered items for new mums and mums to be, it’s a gorgeous treasure trove of gifts and goodies in a pretty pink-fronted shop. www.overthemoonmonkstown.com.
PINOCCHIO’S TOYS & GIFTS, 2 Paul Street, Cork
Behind the magic windows of Pinnochio’s traditional toy shop, there is an imaginative world of play that appeals to children of all ages. The family-run store founded in 1983 offers a range of toys designed to withstand the test of time including classic wooden toys to stuffed animals, dolls and educational games.
TALES FOR TADPOLES, 3 Albert Walk, Bray, Co Wicklow
Established in 2016, TALES FOR TADPOLES has relocated from Drury Street to Bray, Co Wicklow. The bookstore is inspired by owner Caroline Sullivan’s love of children’s literature, illustration and picture books. There are both new and secondhand illustrated books alongside a selection of goods, including prints, stationery and toys inspired by children’s books. www.talesfortadpoles.ie Photography by Jonathan Lavery.
The Little Wooden Peg, 55 George’s Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
A sophisticated colour palette of muted tones, and earthy neutrals is unique for childrenswear shop, The Little Wooden Peg. Shopkeeper, Ruth Cross, selects sustainably produced brands and timeless, simple styling for the clothing she stocks. There is a range of toys and books, nursery items and a small collection of womenswear, all of which are exclusive to The Little Wooden Peg. www.thelittlewoodenpeg.com. Photography by Nathalie Márquez Courtney.
WOODEN HEART, 3 Quay Street, Galway
Established in 1979 by Barbara and Nanke Ulrichs, WOODEN HEART is a family-run toy and gift shop. Housed over three floors in a building dating to 1580, the shop offers high-quality wooden toys that spark childhood imagination and creativity. Expect well-made and classic toys, puzzles, and books, many of which are sourced from traditional, family-run European makers. www.woodenheart.ie
GARDEN, PLANT AND FLOWER SHOPS
ADONIS FLOWER DESIGNERS, 59-60 Patrick Street, Dublin 8
Located on the ground floor of the historic Iveagh Trust Buildings, built in 1908 by the Guinness Family, ADONIS FLOWER DESIGNERS was established 30 years ago. One of the oldest trading flower shops in Dublin, the shop also supports small Irish-owned businesses offering an assortment of gifts alongside their floral bouquets. www.adonis.ie
ARBORETUM URBAN GREEN, Chapters, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Arboretum, the nursery founded in Carlow by horticulturalist Rachel Doyle now has three bases, with Urban Green upstairs at Chapters bookstore in the heart of Dublin city. If you only have a city balcony, or no outdoor space at all, but love indoor plants, you’ll find everything to create a verdant outdoor or indoor space. Plus, there’s a café! @arboretum_gc
FORMALITY, The Cowshed, Glasthule, Co Dublin
A charming courtyard is the centre piece of garden design studio and store FORMALITY in Glasthule. Owner, garden designer Karl Barnes has been designing gardens both large and small for more than 25 years. Formality is an opportunity to showcase his favourite elements used in his projects plus a selection of his most-loved goods. www.formalityonline.com
GINGKO FLORISTS, 48 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4
Bronagh Harte’s imaginative window displays, often designed with the help of her sculptor husband, are locally famous and ensure her flower shop GINGKO FLORIST stands out from the crowd. “I love little shops with big personalities,” says Bronagh. That comes across in her flower choices. Gingko’s most popular bouquet is ‘I Predict a Riot’, a knockout combination of pinks, oranges, purples, blues and lime green.
HOPELESS BOTANICS, Unit 5, Dean Court, Dean Street, Dublin 8
After a series of pop-ups, house plant aficionado Erin Thomas found the perfect location for her urban jungle plant shop that she opened in 2022. Erin sources plants from a wide range of growers across Europe and can expertly advise buyers, even if a visit to the store is not possible. Hopeless Botanics has a selection of pots and home décor items to complement your plant purchase. www.hopelessbotanics.ie
HOWBERT & MAYS, 16 Clare Street, Dublin 2 & 27, Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Co Dublin
With a keen eye for a fixer-upper, Detroit native Anthea Howbert saw the potential of a dilapidated former tool-for-hire shop in Monkstown. Together with her husband, Tig Mays, the landscape designers and gardeners reimagined the space into a wonderful indoor-outdoor garden shop. The addition of their Clare Street shop in the former Greene’s bookshop has allowed them to expand their vision into art and homewares. www.howbertandmays.ie. www.instagram.com/howbertandmays/
Photography by Simon Watson.
THE GARDEN, Powerscourt Townhouse, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2
Grand architectural details frame this beautiful botanical haven, filled with plants and blooms, that spill out onto to the granite steps of Powerscourt Townhouse on South William Street. Landscape gardener, horticulturist and florist, Mark Grehan’s flower shop occupies the foyer of Dublin’s Georgian Powerscourt Townhouse. Mark brings the influence of his Connemara roots to his work, infusing his hand-tied bouquets and arrangements with a naturally wild, sculptural pared back beauty. www.thegarden.ie www.instagram.com/shopthegarden/. Photography by Doreen Kilfeather.
WINDYRIDGE GARDEN CENTRE, 112 Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Award-winning Windyridge is what we have come to call a “destination shop”: you could easily spend an hour here, wandering through the vast array of plants and trees, and that’s before you get to pots and planters, indoor plants, accessories, and at Christmas an impressive collection of trees, lights, wreaths and decorations. All beautifully organised and a joy to shop in. @windyridge_garden_centre
VINTAGE FASHION & ACCESSORIES
A STORE IS BORN, 34 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2
On Saturday mornings, at 11am, a shutter goes up and A Store is Born is revealed, nicely stocked with very good quality vintage. There’s no tat here, just solid labels and clothes in very good condition. We love A Store is Born for its cashmere, good silk scarves and lovely silk dressing gowns but can just as easily be seduced by a 197os jumpsuit or a bright pink brocade coat. @astoreisbornvintage
COBBLER’S WARDOBE, 4a Sandymount Green, Dublin 4
Formerly Hollie Creedon’s grandfather’s shoe repair shop, the premises is now home to her pre-loved designer apparel and luxury goods consignment store. Hollie’s keen eye and COBBLER’S WARDROBE’S reputation means that the stock is constantly changing there is always something new to discover on each visit to the shop. Continuing the family tradition, Cobbler’s Wardrobe offers the finest quality shoe and bag repair and restoration services. www.cobblerswardrobe.com Photographer Anthony Woods.
DESIGNER EXCHANGE, 35 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
It may not have the most charming of exteriors but inside, Designer Exchange is a pleasant space with whitewashed brick walls against which authenticated pre-loved Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Prada handbags and luggage are displayed. Smaller accessories might also catch your eye – Chanel enamelled jewellery and cuffs, Hermes bangles and lots of wallets, all in excellent condition. @designer_exchange_ltd
DIRTY FABULOUS, 40/41 Glaslough Street, Roosky, Monaghan
A vintage boutique with an impressive collection of bridal dresses, occasionwear, and one-of-a-kind accessories from the 1920s to 1970s. Founded by sisters Caroline Quinn and Kathy Sherry, DIRTY FABULOUS offers dresses for the whole wedding party (bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride) as well as outfits for every special occasion whether a night at a debs or a day at the races.
JENNY VANDER, 50 Drury Street, Dublin 2
Ireland’s oldest and one of Dublin’s best vintage shops, the iconic JENNY VANDER is known for their ball gowns and jewellery. Established in 1974 it’s the go-to vintage shop of many international stylists who have dressed their famous clients in looks from the boutique.
LOVE VINTAGE, Clifden, Co Galway
Glamour, sparkle and fun collide at LOVE VINTAGE, a boutique that mixes both new and vintage clothing and jewellery as well as an assortment of books and gifts. Vintage fixtures display plethora of embellished, embroidered and patterned garments and accessories, fur (both real vintage and colorful faux) and novelty gifts.
SIOPAELLA, 29-30 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
On arrival in Ireland, Canadian native Ella de Guzman remarked on the absence of consignment shops. Seeing an opportunity in the market she set about changing that, opening SIOPAELLA in 2011. The boutique specialises in Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes, finding new owners for 145,000+ items to date. www.siopaella.com
SPACE OUT SISTER, 88 Francis Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8
Prepare to discover vintage, vintage-inspired, and size-inclusive luxury lingerie and loungewear at Space Out Sister. Karen Kiki Forrester, inspired by her love of vintage style and print, started her business as a pop-up from her home in 2013. By 2015 she had moved into a space in The Liberties and hasn’t looked back. The designer lingerie is exclusive in Ireland to Space Out Sister and the vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind. www.spaceoutsister.com Photography by Dorothy Forrester.
TBD, 22 Drury Street, Dublin 2
If you’re a teeny, tiny size 35 shoe, you’ll be in for a treat at TBD on Drury Street, where box-fresh Chanel flats and sandals await in the smallest of sizes. Alongside pre-loved and vintage handbags from brands like Louis Vuitton, Celine and Gucci, you’ll find a concise edit of clothing in the basement, both men and women’s, where prices are more reasonable than you might expect. Payment plans are also available, for those items that are a little more out of reach. @tbdretail
VITO VINTAGE, Unit 1, Mungret Street, The Milk Market, Limerick
A passion for vintage clothing led graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, Caroline McBrearty to open VITO VINTAGE in Limerick’s historic Milk Market in 2018. She has a penchant for the bold prints and patterns of the 70s and 80s, as evident in her collection of maxi dresses and vintage silk kimonos and blouses. www.vitovintage.ie
VINTAGE AND ANTIQUES
ACQUIRED, Main Street, Stradbally, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Equipped with his training in furniture manufacture and design from Letterfrack and experience making and restoring furniture with some of New York’s top interior designers, Domhnall Ó Gairbhí started his own business in 2015. ACQUIRED offers the best of 20th-century design, specialising in rare, high quality vintage furniture from leading Italian, French and Danish designers and makers.
DEE BROPHY DECORATIVE ANTIQUES, W4B Tougher Business Park, Newhall, Naas
A passion for finding and rehoming pre-loved objects is what inspires Dee Brophy to continue her antiques business through good and hard times. “My customers feel they are part of the adventure and enjoy the in-house experience to touch and feel and hear about the journey their piece has made,” says Dee who regularly takes her van to European markets, barns, and fairs returning with a van full of timeworn furniture, mirrors, decorative home goods, garden wares and more. www.deebrophy.com
HEIRLOOMS, 75 George’s Street Upper, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
The window of Heirlooms is lit by antique lamps with golden shades, drawing you inside. You’ll have to wait until Thursday to enter, but it’s worth waiting for, as there are lots of pretty antiques to browse, from Victorian onwards, and with pleasingly slender proportions. Sofas and chairs have been nicely reupholstered in sweet fabrics. @heirloomsireland
JOY THORPE, 84 Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny
JOY THORPE DECORATIVE ANTIQUES & INTERIORS in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, is an important destination for antique-lovers drawn by interesting one-of-a-kind pieces (think old haberdashery units, Art Deco club chairs, chaises longues and more), curated by owner Joy Thorpe. “I source all my pieces from antique auctions and flea markets. My favourite places for finding special things, especially kilims and ceramics, are the medinas of Morocco.” www.joythorpeantiques.com.
NIALL MULLEN ANTIQUES, 57 Francis Street, Dublin
Renowned antiques dealer, Niall Mullen features a broad range of antiques spanning two centuries from 1770 to 1970. He believes that styles can be mixed to create a personal and individual vision. As the long-established antique dealers on Francis Street shrank their footprint, Niall Mullen Antiques incorporated his neighbour Gallery Zozimus into his store. The two stores live comfortably together in an eclectic mix, all the more interesting for exploring. www.niallmullenantiques.com
ON THE SQUARE EMPORIUM, Unit A2, 17 Heron Road, Belfast
Jill O’Neill and Justin Lowry joined forces in 2014 combining their two shops, OTSE and ReFound, into a 14,000 square foot treasure trove for the modern vintage hunter. Partners in both life and business they have created ON THE SQUARE EMPORIUM, a vast collection on antiques, vintage, collectables and oddities, for sale and for hire. www.onthesquareemporium.com
SWEENEY & SON ANTIQUES, Laurel Cottage, Graigue Beg, Bunclody, Wexford
Based just outside of Bunclody, Co Wexford, Mark Sweeney has being selling antiques since 2009. SWEENEY & SON ANTIQUES source an interesting mix of Vintage interiors, antique, decorative, salvage, and garden décor. www.sweeney-sonantiques.com
THE GAIETY, Islandeady, Westport, Co Mayo
The Gaiety, a former dancehall built in 1938, was repurposed as an antique and vintage store in 2011 by Clodagh O’Connor and Sean McCaughey. Clodagh, a psychotherapist, juggles a psychotherapy practice and The Gaiety (with some heavy lifting from Sean). www.thegaiety.ie.
THE OLD COURTHOUSE GREYABBEY & COLLECTABLE QUILT COMPANY, 2a The Square, Greyabbey, Co Down
French furniture, silverware, textiles, antique giftware, and home décor pieces are housed in the historic OLD COURTHOUSE, one of Greyabbey’s oldest buildings, which lends its name to the store. Proprietor Alison Miley has also amassed an impressive collection of contemporary, antique, and vintage patchwork quilts and textiles for sister business, Collectable Quilt Company. www.theoldcourthousegreyabbey.com.
Photograph via Instagram @oldcourthousegreyabbey
THE RUSTIC HOUSE, 25 Main Street, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow
A bright red, cheery facade welcomes customers into THE RUSTIC HOUSE where a wonderful assortment of naturally patinaed Irish goods await. Notable are the variety of vintage signs, baskets and furniture items. Opened in 2020, The RUSTIC HOUSE is run by owners Kate Gisbourne and Ian Jacobs. With a lifelong passion for antiques and interiors, and coming from backgrounds in the arts and design worlds, Kate and Ian present a curated selection of unique pieces for the home and collector. www.instagram.com/the_rustichouse
THE STORE YARD, Kea-Lew Business & Retail Park, Mountrath Road, Kylekiproe, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Owned by antiques expert and former builder, David Keane, (situated in an otherwise dreary Portlaoise business park) The Store Yard amazes visitors who discover fabulous large-scale salvage pieces, as well as period and retro curios, from taxidermy and chandeliers to vintage fashion and pictures. Keane has a particular interest in Irish vernacular furniture, and antique fireplaces and accessories. The Store Yard also works with architects and interior designers on residential and commercial projects. www.thestoreyard.ie.
THE VICTORIAN COMPANY, DUNDALK
THE VICTORIAN COMPANY in Dundalk marries old and new effortlessly, with owners Mark and Bróna McDonagh’s talent for combining period pieces, lighting, salvaged flooring and cast-iron radiators with modern furniture and quirky art to the fore. If you are renovating and looking for flooring, radiators, lighting, furniture and garden furniture, bear this store in mind. www.victoriancompany.ie.
THE VINTAGE HUB, The Vintage Hub, Oberstown, Lusk, Co Dublin
Dedicated to sourcing and supplying the finest 20th-century furniture, founder Killian McNulty received an early training from his father, an avid antiques collector. THE VINTAGE HUB is committed to sourcing authentic sought-after and highest quality vintage gems.
TOWNHOUSE WESTPORT, Shop Street, Cahernamart, Westport, Co Mayo
At the TOWNHOUSE WESTPORT, owned by Ally Murphy and Paul McCarthy, you’ll find Irish iconic brands (McNutts, Molloys of Ardara), European furniture, chic tableware, and a great coffee bar! www.townhousewestport.ie.
WILDE VINTAGE, 1a Richmond Avenue, Drumcondra
Open weekends or by appointment WILDE VINTAGE offers an eclectic range of 60s, 70s, and 80s vintage and antiques. The eye-catching, brightly painted former auto body repair shop is chockful of retro finds displayed in creative vignettes. The perfect destination for a weekend browse.
WILSON’S YARD, 123 Hillsborough Road, Dromore, Co Down
Restoring an old property and want to find one-off pieces? WILSON’S YARD in Dromore, Co Down, should be your first port of call. The family-run business is regarded as one of Ireland’s and the UK’s best architectural salvage and design businesses. “We are also one of the largest suppliers of reclaimed wooden and classical wood flooring in the country, particularly for lovely old parquet or reclaimed plank flooring,” says owner Nigel Wilson. www.wilsonsyard.com
VINTIQUES, 44-46 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
A magnificent art deco walnut sideboard, a chubby Budda, a Danish teak mid-century desk, a cool standard lamp, unusual mirrors and paintings: Vintiques has a real point of view, created and curated by owner Dee. Keep an eye on her Instagram account – pieces sell fast! But do visit the store to get the full experience. @vintiquesbydee
BRILLIANT BOOK SHOPS
BOOKS AT ONE, 46/47 Meath Street, Dublin 8; Bridge Street, Clooncarrabaun, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo; 5 Ellis Workshops, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
Established as a collective of locally managed community bookshops in areas of social disadvantage or rural isolation. The first BOOKS AT ONE opened in Mayo in 2016, followed by the Letterfrack bookshop in 2020, and The Liberties store in 2022. All three locations provide employment, work experience and volunteer opportunities as well as welcoming, comfortable spaces where people of all ages can come together through a shared love of reading.
BOOKS PAPER SCISSORS, 15 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
An independent bookstore in leafy South Belfast offering a selection of new fiction, non-fiction, classics, Irish writing and poetry. BOOKS PAPER SCISSORS also features a children’s room, stationery, pens, artisan cards and gift wrap. There is a monthly book club and gift subscription service.
BOOKS UPSTAIRS, 17 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
Dublin’s oldest independent bookshop was founded in 1978. Two friends, Maurice Earls and Enda O’Doherty, opened the bookstore with a mission to support the positive role of books in society and particularly in Irish culture. They stocked the shop with books focused on literature, history and politics, and the underrepresented areas of philosophy, literary criticism, psychology, feminism, and gay literature. After several moves, today the bookshop occupies a beautiful Georgian building on Dublin’s D’Olier Street. It is now under the stewardship of Maurice’s daughter Louisa, and has expanded to include a secondhand book section. www.booksupstairs.ie
BRIDGE STREET BOOKSHOP, Bridge Sreet, Wicklow, Books, Co Wicklow
In Wicklow town, the family-run BRIDGE STREET BOOKSHOP has been in business since 1999. Its beautiful storefront and busy interior has tourists flocking to it in the summer months and a steady local trade, with children especially catered to. www.bridgestreetbooks.ie
CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP, The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway
Established in 1988 in Galway, CHARLIE BYRNE’S BOOKSHOP has expanded over the years to six rooms housing more than 100,000 new, bargain, secondhand and antiquarian books. The exterior walls that face into The Cornstore, a covered shopping mall, are lined with eye-catching fully stacked bookshelves. www.charliebyrne.ie
DINGLE BOOKSHOP, 2 Green Street, Dingle, Co Kerry
While away an hour or two in THE DINGLE BOOKSHOP, which includes more than 6,000 books, with a strong emphasis on Kerry, of course. www.dinglebookshop.com
GUTTER BOOKSHOP, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 & 20 Railway Rd, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Named after the famous Oscar Wilde quote from his play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Gutter Bookshop was established in Temple Bar in 2009 with a second shop in Dalkey opening in 2013. Both shops have a knowledgeable staff, ready to help with recommendations, host events and popular bookclubs. www.gutterbookshop.com.
INTERNATIONAL BOOKS, South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
An independent bookshop specialising in books in a vast variety of languages. INTERNATIONAL BOOKS offers books for young and old alike, from picture books to texts for university courses.
KENNY’S BOOKSHOP, Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway City, Co Galway
Going strong since the 1940s, KENNY’S in Galway is just as relevant today with its huge stock of books on site and a busy online business too. www.kennys.ie
LIBER, 35 O’Connell Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo
In Sligo, head for LIBER, an independent bookshop run by the Caliendo family who have owned the premises for almost 100 years. Find carefully curated new titles, a strong poetry selection, as one might expect in Yeats country, and lots of good books for children. www.liber.ie
MARROWBONE BOOKS, 78 The Coombe, The Liberties, Dublin
A bright, yellow-painted shopfront is the eye-catching home to Dublin bookshop, MARROWBONE BOOKS. The bookstore established in 2017 by two Trinity College Dublin graduates, Brian Flanagan and Lily Power, specialises in second-hand books. The comfortable chairs, rugs and plenty of plants give this bookstore a cosy living room vibe. The paper-back books that line the shelves are mainly fiction from the last 70 years. www.marrowbone.ie
MOLI, The Museum of Literature Ireland, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Museum of Literature Ireland has a lovely shop leading from a landscaped Courtyard and the Reader’s Garden that in turn connect to the Iveagh Gardens. The shop is stocked with a selection of Irish interest books, literary-inspired gifts, and bespoke items.www.moli.ie Photography by Zoe Brady.
NO ALIBIS, 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast
NO ALIBIS is a general bookshop with a particular interest in children’s books, Irish literature, history and politics, the humanities and, of course, mystery fiction. There bookstore boasts a full calendar of events including book launches, poetry readings, lectures, and concerts.
RAVEN BOOKS, 34 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
OK, so you have to shimmy around tightly packed bookshelves and step aside for fellow browsers at RAVEN BOOKS, Blackrock, but the selection is always interesting with some pre-owned books and a slight skew towards crime, and plentiful piles of bestsellers. www.ravenbooks.ie
TERTULIA, Unit 2, The Harbour Mill, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo
With its sunny yellow exterior and reading nook under the stairs, TERTULIA in Westport, Co Mayo, is a great place to spend time in the company of books, old vinyl and coffee. Proprietors Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy, who have their own Youtube books show, “Tertulia TV”, named the shop from an old Spanish word meaning a social forum and have made it a popular spot for book club events, literary launches and book signings. www.tertuliabookshop.com.
THE BOOK & COFFEE SHOP William Street, Kilkenny
Librarian and writer Stephen Buck and Marian O’Neill realised their dream when they opened their own bookshop in 2019. So much more than just a store, The Book & Coffee Shop has launched books and hosted plays and recitals, creative writing classes and exhibitions. It is a space for meetings, and, of course, a destination for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake and a secondhand book. www.bookcoffeeshop.com.
THE CLIFDEN BOOKSHOP, Main Street, Clifden, Co Galway
In Connemara on a rainy day? Head for the award-winning CLIFDEN BOOKSHOP, which has lots of titles of local interest and all the bestsellers to take back to your getaway cottage. www.clifdenbookshop.com
THE COMPANY OF BOOKS, 96 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Dublin Sixers swear by THE COMPANY OF BOOKS which is bright and inviting with a really strong selection of current literature and non-fiction. Excellent website too with free delivery anywhere in Ireland when you spend over €30. www.thecompanyofbooks.ie
THE LAST BOOKSHOP, 61 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2
Secondhand bookstore THE LAST BOOKSHOP has been in its current location since 2017. The previous location on Sandford Road, Ranelagh was demolished to make way for a hotel. Behind the red façade, owner Alan Warnock has organised the incredible number of books in neat stacks, reserving the front of the shop for books on Irish interest. A narrow path through books leads to the back door and into a hidden garden that is home to the Cake Café.
THE LIBRARY PROJECT, 4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin 2
A dedicated art and photography bookshop, this is the place to go to pick up gifts for the hard-to-buy-for creative on your list. Alongside collectible books, you’ll also find a strong selection of independent magazines on topics ranging from art and architecture to fashion, photography and more. The Temple Bar space regularly hosts exhibitions and events. @tlp_says
THE LILLIPUT PRESS, 62-63 Sitric Road, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin
Comfortable sofas and armchairs give THE LILLIPUT PRESS bookshop the air of a cosy sitting room – replete with full bookcases. The Lilliput Press, is one of Ireland’s smallest publishing houses established in 1984 by Antony Farrell. The bookshop moved to its current location in Stoneybatter from Westmeath in 1984. The original location being nearby to the townland of Lilliput, inspired Jonathan Swift as well Antony Farrell in the naming of his bookshop and publishing house. Photography by Suzy Freeman. www.lilliputpress.ie
THE MAYNOOTH BOOKSHOP, 68 Main Street, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Books run in the family too at THE MAYNOOTH BOOKSHOP where Cian Byrne is at the helm. Again, helpful service and a great offering for young readers make this a must-stop on the high street. www.maynoothbookshop.com
THE WINDING STAIR BOOKSHOP, 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin
Named after both a Yeats poem for its twisting staircase, THE WINDING STAIR opened in 1970 as a three-storey bookshop and café. Rescued from closure twice by Elaine Murphy, once in 2006 and then again in 2009, who opened a restaurant serving authentic Irish fare. The bookshop occupies the ground floor with the front area featuring new books and a smaller space at the rear for secondhand titles. www.winding-stair.com
ULYSSES RARE BOOKS, 10 Duke Street, Dublin 2
Retired teacher, Enda Cunningham established ULYSSES RARE BOOKS in 1986. The original shop was in Market Arcade on George’s Street, moving to Duke Street in April 1988, when his son and daughter, David and Aisling, joined the family business. The bookshop specialises in 20th-century Irish literature, an unrivalled selection of rare and signed editions. There is also a collection of rare and collectible children’s and illustrated books and a variety of books on Irish history and topography from the 17th century period to the recent past. www.rarebooks.ie