any other European nation, Ireland has a complete spectrum of
shops and stores, from corner stalls to the multi-national department
is probably most famous for its crystal,
such as Waterford, Galway, Dublin, Tipperary and Kinsale.
Craftsmen, using skills handed down from generation to generation,
produce arguably the most beautiful and famous pieces of glasswork
in the world. (Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
Tel: (353) (0) 51 317000).
Tweed and Irish
Linen also spring to mind when considering
shopping in Ireland. Huge ranges of the best quality clothing,
pottery and souvenirs can be found throughout Ireland.
top fashions and the best of Irish design can be found in
the elegant flagship department store, Brown Thomas, located
in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.
clothing stores have become very European,
with all the leading well known names such as Laura Ashley,
Marks and Spencer, Next, Principals, Benetton, and Lain competing
in the Irish market place. Other stores found in Ireland are
The Body Shop, Boots and Habitat. Similarly, grocery shopping
is now dominated by the supermarket chains such as Tesco,
Supervalu, Centra and Dunnes Stores. All offer an excellent
standard and are competitively priced. There is also a huge
range of small, family owned, foods shops offering a vast
array of specialty foods and traditional Irish favourites
such as smoked salmon and wonderful farmhouse cheeses.
offers the full range of both Irish and European shops, stylish
cafés and extended shopping hours - quality standing alongside
excellent value. Northern Ireland is also home to the exquisite
Belleek, Tara and Irish Dresden potteries - all with beautifully
that in modern Ireland somebody somewhere is selling whatever
you want to buy. The difference being that in Ireland shopping
is a sociable pastime with time always allowed for a chat
and a break for a coffee or Guinness along the way.