Souvenir shop in Ireland selling wool sweaters. The building is stone and red. If you want to buy wool in Ireland, don't overpack when deciding what to bring to Ireland.

What to Buy in Ireland: 25 Best Ireland Souvenirs

Planning a trip to the Emerald Isle and wondering what to buy in Ireland? This guide to the best Ireland souvenirs will help!

Shopping in Ireland is an absolutely delightful experience.

B etween the number of unique souvenirs from Ireland that you can pick up to the delightful experience of picking them out, choosing some Irish souvenirs will no doubt enhance your already-magical trip.

Not sure what you want to buy in Ireland?

Here are some fun shopping ideas!

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Decor + Collectibles to Buy in Ireland

Best foodie souvenirs from ireland, best ireland souvenirs to wear, other things to buy in ireland, inexpensive (but fun) souvenirs from ireland, tips for buying irish souvenirs.

Cozy tearoom in Ireland with a hutch filled with teacups on the right--finding places like this is part of the fun of tracking down what to eat in Ireland

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If you’d like a beautiful Irish souvenir to display in your home, these souvenirs from Ireland are for you!

Waterford Crystal

Waterford crystal is famous worldwide for its beauty and brilliance, and it is headquartered in the beautiful town of Waterford, Ireland on the west coast of the country.

A tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory itself is an incredible experience that is definitely worth having, but whether you visit Waterford or not, a stunning piece of Waterford crystal is definitely among the best souvenirs from Ireland.

Table setting put together with Waterford Crystal that has flowers in the background. Waterford Crystal is one of the best souvenirs from Ireland.

Irish Pottery and Ceramic

Beautiful pottery and ceramic are extremely popular in Ireland, and you can find them in small tea houses and craft shops around the country.

In our experience, the Dingle Peninsula in particular has a wonderful selection!

For the most iconic (and priciest, too), you can’t beat the beauty of Belleek china.

Penny's Pottery exterior near Ventry along Slea Head Drive

Original Art

For a particularly memorable souvenir, consider picking up a piece of original Irish art to display in your home.

Guinness Memorabilia

Touring the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular things to do in Dublin–and while there, Guinness fans will have plenty of opportunities to shop for Guinness-themed souvenirs, including beer glasses, t-shirts, replicas of vintage signs, and more.

Of course, even if you don’t visit the Guinness Storehouse, you can still easily find Guinness memorabilia for sale all over Ireland.

Two pints of Guinness being held up in front of a window at the Guinness Storehouse--definitely pay this spot a visit during your 2 days in Dublin Ireland.

Christmas Ornaments

Whether you’re visiting during the holiday season or not, Christmas ornaments are fun and easy-to-find Ireland souvenirs!

Teapot + Cups

It’s easy to fall in love with tea drinking and the charm of a beautiful tea set while in Ireland–even if, like me, you were never much of a tea-drinker before visiting.

What better way to remember your trip than to pull out your Irish tea set whenever you brew a cup at home? 

Traditional afternoon tea service shot from above at Belleek Castle--experiences like this are definitely worth keeping in mind when putting together your Ireland travel budget

Irish Linen

Irish linen is known around the world for its beauty, durability, and quality. If you’re in the market for a new linen piece, shopping in Ireland is bound to give you a dizzying array of excellent choices.

Images of the Dublin Doors

As you stroll the streets of Dublin, you’ll notice that the residents of the city have a wonderfully colorful tradition: the beautiful Georgian front doors of Dublin’s homes tend to be extremely colorful!

There’s a long history behind why , but today, the doors are an iconic symbol of Dublin, and images of them make excellent souvenirs from Ireland, whether that’s in the form of a photo, a painting, or even a magnet!

6 colorful doors of Dublin Ireland displayed in a grid pattern

Personally, we tend to be partial to food-centered souvenirs on our travels, as they make it so easy to extend a trip by bringing part of a destination home with us.

These foodie souvenirs from Ireland are perfect for bringing a taste of Ireland home!

Irish Whiskey

Whether you go for the ever-famous Jameson whiskey (you can even pick some up after touring the distillery, if you’d like!) or for one of Ireland’s more niche whiskey producers, whiskey lovers will find plenty of opportunity to stock up on local Irish whiskey!

Glass of whiskey being poured into a highball glass holding ice cubes. Whiskey is one of the best things to buy in Ireland

Brown Bread

Not all of Ireland’s delicious food can be easily transported home–but Irish brown bread (also known as Irish soda bread) easily can be.

Irish Chocolate

There is some delicious artisanal chocolate that is made in Ireland… but Dublin is also the home of Cadbury, and many Cadbury connoisseurs swear that the chocolate is just a bit tastier when purchased in Ireland!

Irish cheeses–and dairy products in general–are some of the absolute best on the planet.

If you’re a fan of Irish cheese, consider picking up a block (or several) during your trip to Ireland.

Plate of Irish cheese being displayed with a glass of whiskey on a black platter. Irish cheese is one of the best Ireland souvenirs

Fall in love with Irish tea during your trip to the Emerald Isle? Consider picking some up to bring home!

Irish Cookbook

Irish food is absolutely delicious–if you fall in love with it on your trip to the Emerald Isle as much as we have, consider bringing a taste of Ireland home with you in the form of an Irish cookbook!

The Long Room at Trinity College photographed from the center--an absolute must-see when spending 2 days in Dublin.

If your idea of the perfect souvenir is something you can wear, these Ireland souvenirs might be for you.

Claddagh Ring

Dating to the 17th century, Irish Claddagh rings are one of the most popular things to buy in Ireland and carry symbolism that reaches beyond a fond memory of a trip.

Wear the ring on your right hand with the heart facing away from your body to symbolize that you’re single, on your right hand with the heart facing inward to symbolize that you’re in a relationship, and on your left hand with the heart facing out to show that you’re engaged.

Finally, if you’re married, the ring is worn as a wedding band, on the left hand with the heart facing inward.

However you wear your Claddagh ring, there’s no doubt that it is an especially meaningful purchase when in Ireland where the tradition originated–and especially if you’re taking a romantic trip with your partner!

Irish Claddagh ring sitting on a wood surface. When deciding what to buy in Ireland, consider this traditional ring.

Other Silver Jewelry

If a Claddagh ring isn’t your style, Ireland still has a wide variety of beautiful jewelry to shop for. The country is especially known for its gorgeous silver pieces.

Aran Sweater

An Aran wool sweater is one of the most popular and iconic souvenirs from Ireland, and is definitely a beautiful one!

The craft hails from the Aran Islands, located a short ferry ride away from Doolin (near the Cliffs of Moher), but even if you don’t make it out to the islands, the sweaters are easy to find–you can find them for sale all over the country.

Souvenir shop in Ireland selling wool sweaters. The building is stone and red. If you want to buy wool in Ireland, don't overpack when deciding what to bring to Ireland.

Other Wool Items to Wear

Want a piece of Aran wool to wear but don’t want a sweater? Hats, scarves, and gloves are also great options.

Donegal Tweed

Hailing from County Donegal, Donegal tweed is absolutely beautiful and makes for a lovely souvenir from Ireland.

Roll of blue Donegal tweed

Connemara Marble

Ireland’s famous Connemara marble is gorgeous and tends to have a distinct green hue–if you pass by the region of Connemara, a small piece of marble makes for an excellent (and easy to carry home) Irish souvenir!

Wool Blanket

If you love the idea of shopping for Irish wool but don’t like to wear it, consider picking up a thick wool blanket as one of your souvenirs from Ireland.

Stone building in Ireland with a bike leaning against the wall. A wool blue blanket is laying over the bike and a window in the building is lined in red

Love the idea of Irish wool, but prefer to knit a piece yourself?

Consider picking up some local yarn to bring home from Ireland!

Books About Ireland

One of my favorite things about traveling in English-speaking countries is the ease of picking up unique books that I may never come across shopping at home.

From books containing famous Irish quotes to little-known memoirs, there’s plenty to love about browsing bookshops in Ireland.

Bibliophiles will find plenty of literary Ireland souvenirs to choose from, and while you can’t go wrong with beautiful copies of works by famous Irish authors like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, consider also picking up a book on local Irish history or culture!

If you have little ones in your life, Irish children’s books also make wonderful gifts to bring home from Ireland.

Bookstore in Ireland as shot facing a line of bookcases on the back wall. A few people are browsing at the shelves

Only have a few Euro or a tiny bit of luggage space to spare as you go shopping in Ireland?

These easy, fun Ireland souvenirs might be for you!

Magnets are one of the most popular souvenirs to collect around the world: they’re inexpensive, easy to find, and lots of fun to pick out!

I bought a fun magnet with an Irish sheep on it during our first trip to Ireland years ago, and it still makes me smile whenever I see it.

Collection of magnets in Ireland--a row of matching leprechaun magnets on top of a row of matching sheep magnets

While you can buy an artisanal ceramic mug in Ireland as we mentioned above, there are also plenty of inexpensive-but-fun touristy mugs for sale around Ireland that can make a great addition to your collection! 

Postcards are the ultimate combination of inexpensive, easy to pack, and easily personalized, making them one of the best budget souvenirs from Ireland!

They tend to run .50 to 1 Euro each, but if you’re up to spending an extra couple Euro on top of that, consider filling a postcard out with your memories of the day right then and there–and then sending it to yourself so you can relive your Ireland memories as you return home.

Consider shipping fragile items home.

If you buy something that is particularly fragile, heavy, or potentially regulated, it’s definitely worth at least inquiring about the cost of shipping–many small businesses and artisans in Ireland are able and willing to ship their goods abroad.

Irish tea set with pink flowers being displayed at Belleek Castle. A beautiful tea set is one of the best Irish souvenirs

Have a plan for what Ireland souvenirs you’d like to purchase before arriving.

There’s no need to stick to your plan exactly, of course–shopping spontaneously can be part of the fun of travel–but having a general idea of what you want to look for when shopping in Ireland can help add structure to your browsing, and in some cases, help limit indecisiveness (it definitely does for me!).

Consider quality over quantity.

When deciding what to bring home from Ireland, think about quality over quantity. It’s incredibly easy to end up buying more Irish souvenirs than you planned, and end up with more knick-knacks than you really need.

In our experience, it’s much better to buy 1-2 truly memorable souvenirs than a whole slew of less memorable ones!

Kate Storm in a blue skirt standing in front of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. She's looking away from the camera.

Be prepared to pay steep prices for handmade goods.

For example, a truly handmade Aran sweater can easily be a couple hundred Euro–but if you’re willing to compromise with a machine-knit one as you weigh what to buy in Ireland, the prices will certainly drop.

Check on transportation regulations.

For the vast majority of these souvenirs from Ireland, there is absolutely no issue with bringing them back yourself in your checked luggage–but for food items, be sure to double-check any necessary regulations before packing up to leave.

For Americans like us,  check the TSA regulations here .

Front facade of a colorful boosktore in Kilkenny Ireland

Note the place and date of purchase on your souvenirs from Ireland.

You may find it easy to remember when and where you purchased your beautiful souvenirs from Ireland now–but give it a decade or three, and you may be very glad you noted the place and year of purchase with the item!

We tend to write the info on the bottom of home decor pieces or Christmas ornaments and love the tradition of it–and, for example, we’ll definitely never forget what year we purchased our shamrock ornament in Waterford because of it.

… and leave extra space in your bag!

It’s definitely worth leaving a couple of extra outfits or gadgets at home in order to make sure you have room in your bag for a few of the best souvenirs from Ireland!

4 photos of Irish souvenirs: Waterford Crystal, cheese, whiskey, and tweed. Black text on a white background reads "what to buy in Ireland"

About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

14 thoughts on “What to Buy in Ireland: 25 Best Ireland Souvenirs”

I’ve been to Ireland twice and I stand by all the souvenirs suggested here. The sweaters make EXCELLENT holiday or birthday gifts.

So glad you agree! The sweaters are incredible.

Brilliant ideas here! I love Butler’s Irish chocolate, and a visit to a Butler’s chocolate cafe (lots of them in Dublin) is one of my favourite/favorite things to do. Coffee, delicious chocolate and a chance to pick up some chocolate gifts is a great way to refuel for more sightseeing!

Sounds absolutely lovely!

I totally love Butler Chocolates and once I discovered them, tried to find them wherever I went. We found one near our hotel in Cork.

As for pottery, Nicholas Mosse is beautiful, sturdy pottery that can go dishwasher to table. Gorgeous sets in various patterns and multiple size bowls, table settings and serving platters. You can find in most pottery stores, especially in the Dublin area. Most shops will ship.

Totally love all your suggestions. However I couldn’t help but notice the lack of suggestions for buying for children. In my case it is grandchildren. I like the idea of sharing with them things / history of where I have traveled. Again thank you for sharing. Nan

Thanks, Nancy!

We don’t have many children in our lives at the moment, so it’s not in the forefront of our minds. You can certainly get wool products for children though (toys and clothing).

Buying ornaments for children is a great way to begin or add to a Christmas collection that they can have throughout their lives. Love your article and find it very helpful in planning our trip to Ireland this Fall.

I still have many of the ornaments my parents and grandparents bought for me over the years! They do make wonderful souvenirs. 🙂

Hope you have a fantastic trip to Ireland!

trip to Ireland!

Booking your next trip back would be the perfect souvenir! 🙂

Great ideas–going to Ireland in Sept/23 on a cruise ship. One day in port in Cork and we have decided to do the Waterford Tour. Looking forward to returning to this beautiful country after a leave of over 20 years!

Thanks, Barbara! Hope you have a wonderful time in Ireland!

We loved the Waterford tour–very cool experience. 🙂

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25 Best Irish Souvenirs: What to Buy in Ireland

November 20, 2022

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The Best Souvenirs in Ireland

Wondering what to buy in Ireland that’s worth your attention? Ireland awaits with its glorious cliffs, the churn of the Atlantic, and a rich history that goes back to ancient times. Whether you’re taking a quick city break in Dublin or expanding your trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, you cannot go home without taking a piece of Ireland’s charm with you.

Luckily, the Irish know how to make the best souvenirs, with products ranging from fine whiskey to cosy sweaters and even marble. So, when you pack, make sure to save some room in your bag and put some money aside. It’s time to talk about what to buy in Ireland: the best Irish souvenirs.

Disclosure: on my most recent trip to Ireland, I travelled as part of a partnership with Globus: Ireland by Design. Some of the best souvenirs in Ireland that I’m recommending here came from that trip, a trip which introduced us to handmade goods and food through their YourChoice experiences. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Plan your own trip to Ireland

Ireland is a great country to travel around, either by yourself or with a group. Check out this week long Ireland itinerary over her e and discover what I thought about my trip with Globus vs when I travelled by myself.

Globus combine the best of both worlds with their tours: a group tour keeps prices affordable and provides lots of chances to meet likeminded people. But their flexible itineraries and ChoicesTouring concept mean that you can choose the activities which speak to you the most.

Ireland - ham and cheese counter in Galway for food souvenirs

Best Food Irish Souvenirs

The greatest thing about choosing food as a souvenir is that you get to spin out your trip just a little longer. Once you get home, you can sit back, pour yourself a glass of Irish whiskey and serve it with a slice of cheese and let the scent and taste remind you of all you’ve just seen.

Here’s what I can recommend you try…

best irish souvenirs - carrigaline original buttery cheese

Irish Cheese

With a land full of pastures, it’s not surprising that cheese is a big hit. One of the best Irish gifts you can get for loved ones is a full Irish cheese selection.

Cashel Blue tops the list as Ireland’s most popular cheese, with others close behind. One of my favourites is the Cnoc Dubh fresh goat cheese produced by Larry and Anne Maguire at their farm in Galway, so if you are on your way to see the Cliffs of Moher, make sure to stop here and grab some exceptional cheese for your return.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is the staple of Irish food souvenir – and this is one you can actually learn to do when you’re there! Our Globus Choices Experience offered this as an option: locals teach you how to make the soda bread and then you get to take it with you afterwards!

You have to act fast, though. It only lasts for 3-4 days fresh. But it does go well with the cheese we just talked about. Just saying.

For a more intense aroma, try Irish brown bread while on your travels. It’s delicious.

Best Irish souvenirs - 40 tea bags Irish Breakfast Tea tin

Now, what scone or soda bread is complete without a cup of tea? Bring home Ireland’s passion for tea in a tin. Look out for Barry’s Tea, Lyons Tea, and Thompson’s Tea in supermarkets and souvenir shops. And a lovely unusual thing to do in Dublin involves heading to Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street.

Enjoy a cuppa and then stock up on tea, in bags or as loose leaf. Both are available.

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Traditional Irish Whiskey

All across Ireland, you will find old whiskey distilleries, one older than the other, where you can learn more about the Irish culture of whiskey, sample some, and get a bottle to take back with you to serve on special occasions.

From the old to the new, the famous to the obscure, there is a distillery for everyone. Check out the ones we found on this 8 day Ireland itinerary.

Irish Cream Liqueur

If neat Irish whiskey is a touch too strong for your tastebuds, which it frequently is, you can combine Ireland’s passion for alcohol and dairy with a good old fashioned Irish cream liqueur.

Baileys is a popular brand, known all around the world, and you can pick it up at duty-free shops in airports as a last minute gift as well.

Irish chocolate

Irish Chocolate

Ready for a surprise? While Cadbury was founded in Birmingham, England, it’s the Cadbury’s chocolate made in Ireland which has the better flavour (according to, well, chocolate lovers.)

The secret ingredient is the milk. Whole, natural milk that comes from Irish cows and goes directly into the Cadbury chocolate bars. They make great gifts – and taste good, too.

But in case you’re looking for a truly, truly Irish souvenir, then chocolate can still be on your radar.

Look out for Wilde Irish Chocolates based in County Clare, and pick one (or more) from their 80 delicious assortments. They have everything, from chocolate bars to chocolate boxes and hot chocolate. Are there any better gifts from Ireland to be found?!

Irish Honey

With small farms dotted across the country, you’ll easily find places to buy high quality raw honey in Ireland. And since honey comes from bees and supporting bees supports biodiversity, it’s a tasty way to support sustainable tourism while you’re there.

Also, it is not uncommon for Irish farms that produce honey to also sell candles made with natural beeswax that will spread a gentle scent of honey around your house. Combine these Ireland souvenirs and bring home the aroma of the Irish bee farms.

Ireland souvenir shop - sheep and Shannon knits, jumpers and socks

Best Irish Souvenirs to Wear

Ireland has some pretty special clothing and jewellery items that are practical as well as beautiful. Forget comedy hats, these Irish souvenirs can be worn for years after your trip.

aran sweaters

Aran Sweaters

The best place to shop for Aran jumpers is, as expected, on the Aran Islands, where you can buy them directly from the local artisans. The tradition of these sweaters goes back centuries when the women on the Aran Islands started knitting them to keep their men warm as they went fishing. Each family had a special knitting pattern created of Celtic knots that made it easy to identify family members in case a tragedy lead to them drowning and being found months later.

An Aran wool sweater costs around £200, so it is not the cheapest souvenir to buy, but it is extremely durable and unique, which means you can wear it winter after winter without it wearing out.

However, take into account that, although today they are made with the softer merino wool, they are still a bit scratchy.

If you want to spend less and still have your Aran sweater, you can buy a machine-made one. The price drops considerably, but they still look quite traditional.

Also, you can go for a hat or a belt, which are easier to wear if you don’t feel too comfortable in wool.

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Claddagh Ring

Believed to have originated in Galway city around 1700, Claddagh rings are today part of the Irish culture. Some mothers give them to their daughters as they come out of age, while lovers sometimes use them as engagement rings or even wedding rings.

A traditional Irish claddagh ring includes two hands grasping a heart with a crown above them. The heart symbolises love, the hands, friendship, and the crown, loyalty. But what’s truly interesting is that the way it is worn can tell you a lot about the wearer’s relationship status.

For example, if a person wears it on their right hand, with the heart facing away from their body, they are most likely single and still looking for love.

The ring can also be worn on the left hand. If it faces away from the body, the wearer is engaged, whilst if it is facing their body, they are married.

You can buy a gold or silver ring if you are getting ready to propose or simply go for a trinket if you want a nice souvenir without spending too much money.

Donegal Tweed

This material was first produced in Northern Ireland, but soon became popular all around the country. It is used for jackets, vests, caps, and other clothing items. The most famous region for producing it is County Donegal, but you won’t need to travel there to find it.

If you want to have something truly special to remind you of Ireland and are good with knitting, buy a ball of tweed and make yourself a beautiful vest once you get home.

For the rest of us, it probably makes sense to buy one pre-made…

Best Irish Souvenirs to Decorate Your Home

There are no better decorations than those that come with a story. If you like to travel a lot, you can pick up a blanket here, a painting there and have everything in your house remind you of your travels. And Ireland can supply a lot in this department.

waterford crystal

Waterford Crystal

Irish crystal produced at Waterford is renowned for its exceptional clarity and purity of colour. You can have it embedded into a piece of jewellery like a ring or a necklace or buy it as it is simply for its beauty.

Since you are about to pay good money for it, it is best to check you are buying the real deal. You can tell if you are looking at a genuine Waterford Crystal if you can spot the Waterford acid stamp on it. This is not always the easiest job, as the writing is tiny, so you may need a magnifying glass.

connemara marble

Connemara Marble

One of the best materials the Emerald Isle has produced is Connemara marble. Found only along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is considered extremely luxurious and special, designed to be used for grand buildings like the Galway Cathedral. Or it can be bought by the truly rich at about £200 per square meter.

However, you can bring a small piece of Connemara Marble with you to decorate your living room or buy a piece of jewellery that contains it.

Irish Linen

Think luxury, and you will understand why Irish linen is such a great souvenir. As other countries hurried to replace the fibres found in the flax plants with cheaper, synthetic fibres, in Ireland, many manufacturers continued to produce linen, a deluxe material that was used to create the Egyptian pharaohs’ bed sheets in ancient times.

Irish linen is known for its resilience and soft feel. You just need to decide what you need it for. New drapes, bedsheets, or simply a handkerchief?

Irish souvenirs - hand made pottery

Irish Pottery

From traditional designs to innovative shapes and decorations, Irish pottery provides some amazingly unique gifts to buy while in Ireland. If you hit County Kilkenny on your Ireland itinerary, stop by the studio of Andrew Ludick to discover his works inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee and indigenous African art.

Great Irish pottery is also produced in Dingle, where you can find Louis Mulcahy’s workshop and products ranging from homeware to garden pots and urns.

Ireland - teach yourself Irish whistle book

Musical Instruments

If you want to buy some unique Irish souvenirs, why not go for a traditional Irish bagpipe (also known as the Uilleann pipes) or a fiddle to remind you of the great music you’ve listened to here? They can look great if exposed in the right room, and you can even give them a try once in a while to the delight (or horror) of your neighbours.

Ramp things up further with an Irish whistle or take the more sensible route and just buy a CD in which the professionals show how its doen.

Guinness Pint Glass

One of the best things to do in Dublin is to visit the Guinness Factory and learn more about this part of Irish history. You can savour a pint of Guinness right on the premises and, as you end your tour, you will discover a lovely gift shop that overflows with Guinness souvenirs. You’ll find everything from T shirts and aprons to snow globes and bottle openers, but many visitors go for a pint glass they can reuse with the Guinness they then buy at home.

irish wool blankets

Irish Wool Blankets

A perfect souvenir for many winters to come, an Irish wool blanket will keep you warm and toasty and remind you of your travels. Made from natural wool and dyed in natural colours, they make the perfect gift for a home that needs a bit of warmth. And isn’t that all of us these days?!

They tend to be quite large, though, so make sure to save enough space in your luggage. Or you can have them shipped home, as many Irish stores offer this possibility.

An Irish Cookbook

Will this be the first time you try a colcannon or an Irish stew? Buy an Irish cookbook and try the recipes at home. They are pretty simple in their essence, so you should have no problem cooking them to perfection, even if you have average cooking skills. And a lot of patience.

Irish souvenir - Cead Mile Failte

Best Irish Souvenirs for Your Mind and Soul

How can we talk about Ireland without talking about books, music, and art? It is a wonderful thing to visit the home of a great writer or artist and then buy one of their works right there on the spot. From then on, every time you read it, listen to it, or simply look at it, you will think back at the moment you bought it.

ireland tourist shop

Books of Irish Authors

As one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature, books must be high on a list of gifts to bring back from Ireland.

Make the first stop Trinity College in Dublin, the educational establishment for Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and Bram Stoker, among many others. You can either walk through by yourself, take an erudite tour that includes the famous Book of Kells, or follow the tour that Globus picked out for us join a literary pub crawl instead.

Within the premises, you will find a bookstore where you can shop for books by Trinity alumni.

Elsewhere in Dublin, enjoy dusty bookshelves and brightly lit hubs and don’t miss a trip to the James Joyce Centre.

Irish Music

If you are a big fan of Irish music, you can take some CDs back with you and support local artists. Sure, U2 and The Cranberries are all on Amazon Music and Spotify, but it’s nice to support rural musicians and to help keep the beat alive outside the corporations.

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Original Art

There are plenty of art galleries in Dublin and across Ireland but one of the best is The Design Shop in Dublin. Run by two women who fell in love with local design, you can find print art and everything from Irish Turf Fire candles to handmade jewellery created on the site.

Ireland - wacky woolies sheep rubiks cube souvenirs

Other Irish Souvenirs You Can Buy

And then, there are the fun Irish souvenirs. The gifts from Ireland that can make you wince or make you smile. Often further down the budget scale, here some more ideas for souvenir shopping in Ireland…

magnets

Portable and personal, you can find a magnet for every occasion in Ireland. Shamrock magnets are a great choice as they bring good luck to the person who receives it. Apparently.

crystal mugs

Quite frankly, there can never be too many mugs in a house.

And fortunately, you can find some really gorgeous mugs in Ireland at accessible prices. And you can find some, er, kitschier ones.

Mugs with leprechauns, mugs with shamrocks, mugs with the map of Ireland. Guinness mugs, Trinity College mugs… the list keeps on going. Pick one that will remind you of your favourite place or experience and drink from it without shame!

I know this sounds so dated. Why buy a postcard when you can pick up a mug or a magnet instead?

If you simply walk into a shop, buy a set of postcards, and shove them into your bag, this is boring.

But what if you send the card to your address and come home to receive news from Ireland? Or, what if you frame it? Some postcards are beautiful and extremely inexpensive. You will have a nice, personal souvenir, and some money left for other activities.

Best Irish souvenirs - an Irish blessing

Where would a souvenir list be without them?!

Irish souvenirs - Tayto crisps

Irish Snacks

Whether it’s creamy Irish butter or a packet of Taytos, there are some products that just say Ireland.

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Christmas Gifts

We have a treasured tradition in our household of picking up a tree decoration wherever we go. It’s surprising how many you can find and then rediscover when it’s time to put up a Christmas tree each year. If you travel during the winter holidays, you will find many Christmas fairs where you can buy all sorts of traditional Irish gifts, from toys to handmade jewellery and sweets.

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Tips for Buying the Best Souvenirs in Ireland

Trips can sometimes be busy. You need to deal with accommodation, car rental, tour booking, ticket shopping, etc. Not to mention that you will hit a lot of attractions in a short time. It may be tricky to deal with souvenir shopping at the same time, so check out these tips to make sure you don’t forget something important.

Know What You Want to Bring Home from Ireland

Make a list of all the souvenirs you want to buy, including the items your friends and family requested. Then, do a bit of research to find where you can buy them, as some may require special stops on your itinerary.

You don’t need to completely change your trip, but you can make small adjustments before it starts.

Reserve an Irish Souvenir Budget

Once you have the list, you can take a look online at prices. If you want to buy expensive gifts, you will need to put some money aside for them. Handmade objects are usually pricey, so, as I have already mentioned, be prepared to pay good money for a traditional Irish jumper.

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Look for Quality

Trinkets are fun, and you can find yourself buying a lot of them since they are everywhere and inexpensive. However, once you get home, you will realise that not all of them are worth exposing, and some will end up cluttering your drawers. Try to stick to 2 to 3 more expensive items you know you will cherish over and over again. It’s another part of being a responsible tourist.

Consider Shipping

If you are doing a tour of the country and travelling by bus or train, bringing expensive pottery or fragile items with you is risky. Imagine how careful you would have to be with your bag, always looking to keep it on your lap. This quickly becomes annoying.

Fortunately, many Irish shops can and will ship your goods home. Even if you are going to pay extra for the shipping, you can rest assured your souvenirs will get home intact while you can enjoy the trip without thinking about them.

Check the Regs

There are not too many restrictions when it comes to getting souvenirs out of Ireland. But, check with any transit countries and your home country about bringing food in with you.

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What are the best Dublin souvenirs to bring home? Of course, you should be there to capture memories, first and foremost, many people also want a little piece of Dublin to take away with you. Luckily this is a thriving business and there are lots of Irish souvenirs to find in Dublin at the many shops that cater to tourists. You can find Dublin souvenirs at small local stores, the museum shops, and even  the souvenir emporia run by Carrolls Irish Gifts , which seem to pop up nearly everywhere. Between these stores, the goods on offer come in many forms, including cheap imported stuff to expensive homemade wares. So what should you ultimately get to remind you of Dublin?

Well, here is a list of the best Dublin souvenirs that money can buy. Depending on your preference and budget, so will last only a short while but others may well outlive you. But in the end, they all will delight you without ever breaking the bank. 

The Doors of Dublin

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The “Doors of Dublin” are an iconic image – they represent historic Georgian Dublin and the whole city. Though not all parts of Dublin still feature Georgian buildings, some of the most beloved areas like St. Stephen's Green are known for this classic architecture. A collection of the photos is the perfect Dublin souvenir to take home. The easiest way to do it yourself would be to go on long walks around the Georgian squares, and snap away at your heart’s delight. Half an hour of a leisurely stroll around Merrion Square or Fitzwilliam Square should fill up your memory card nicely. Or simply stroll into the nearest souvenir shop – you’ll find them as posters, postcards, fridge magnets all thanks to the image's icon status.

  • Recommended for anybody, really.
  • Website: All You Need to Know About the Doors of Dublin
  • Disadvantages? You might get hooked on photographing them and try to find as many as possible … which may seriously eat into your Dublin time!

Butlers Chocolate Delights

If you have a sweet tooth, the best place to satisfy it in Dublin would be at Butlers – these “Purveyors of Happiness” will indeed do their best to elevate your mood. From the factory near the airport (which is actually open for tours) to their own chain of Butlers Chocolate Cafés, the sweets are easy to find around Dublin because there are more than a dozen shops in the city. As an added bonus, you get a free praline with every coffee, so you might sample your way through quite a selection, before deciding which to take with you. Pick your favorites, or just grab a pre-packed box. And no need to carry it around with you all day: there are airside Butlers Chocolate Cafés in both terminals at Dublin Airport too.

  • Recommended for anyone who really enjoys chocolate.
  • Website: the Homepage of Butlers Chocolates
  • Disadvantages? Well, they may melt (though that is unlikely given the cool Irish weather). The bigger risk is that you might eat them far too fast once you get started.

The Book of Kells

Here’s the thing – if the Book of Kells is your thing, you will only see a small part of it anyway, and only for a very short time because only one page is on display every day in order to protect the old text. That is really not enough to take in the marvel of the illuminated gospels, created in Scotland, but now kept in Trinity College Dublin. So why not take the Book of Kells home with you as the ultimate Irish souvenir? This is easier than you might think (you can stop that “Mission Impossible” theme tune playing in your mind). The shop at Trinity’s Old Library offers everything you can think of regarding their most famous exhibit. From coffee mugs with selected images to popular or scholarly works on the book, and even complete facsimile editions of the whole Book of Kells.

  • Recommended for the book lover, and (amateur) mediaevalist.
  • Website: The Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin
  • Disadvantages? None really, only if you opt for a poster then be sure that it is protected by a sturdy cardboard tube for the trip home.

Dublin Writers’ Books

.Dublin is a city of writers, and a designated UNESCO City of Literature, part of the Creative Cities Network . Why? Well, think of all the Dublin writers – W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Nobel laureates all. And then those (at least by the Nobel committee) unsung heroes of Irish literature, like Brendan Behan, Bram Stoker, Rodd Doyle, Sheridan Le Fanu, Christy Brown. And the Big Dublin Daddy of them all, James Joyce, who in his “Dubliners” and “Ulysses” made the city immortal. So why not visit the Dublin Writers Museum , their excellent bookshop at the rear can be visited without paying the entrance fee. And has a selection that should satisfy most needs.

  • Recommended for serious readers and visitors who are brave enough to tackle real literature.
  • Website: All You Need to Know About the Dublin Writers Museum
  • Disadvantages? Joyce and Beckett may leave you a bit puzzled, Stoker and Le Fanu a bit nervous, Behan a bit thirsty (but all will still keep you inspired to see more of Dublin)

Guinness Goodies

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It is rare that a commercial product is as much identified with a city (and a whole country, come to that) as Guinness is with Dublin and Ireland more broadly today. The brewery even uses one of Ireland’s national symbols as a trademark, the harp, and the museum dedicated to “the black stuff” is Ireland’s most successful tourist attraction. Dublin without Guinness? Famed writer Brendan Behan would have shuddered at this thought because this is one of the most iconic drinks in Ireland . This makes anything branded with “Guinness” quite a good Irish souvenir to find in Dublin, though you’ll be a walking advertisement for the company. Guinness goodies are available literally everywhere, but the best (and largest) selection can be found in the Guinness Storehouse itself. And you’ll be amazed at just how colorful and inventive the designers can get.

  • Recommended for anybody who likes the Guinness brand, and does not mind showing this to the world.
  • Website: All You Need to Know About the Guinness Storehouse
  • Disadvantages? It is “Big Beer” advertising, after all, and not really that original but at least it is a real Dublin original.

Gaelic Gear

A quick stroll through Dublin will quickly convince you that the most popular sports team in Ireland is … Manchester United. And every sports store offers branded items from the major English and Scottish clubs (Glasgow Rangers excepted). But the real heartbeat of Ireland skips to the ups and downs of the Gaelic games, football, hurling, and camogie. So why not get some Gaelic games team gear as a souvenir? It does not have to be the blue Dublin outfit, provincial club colors are on sale in the capital as well, with the shop at Croke Park carrying the best selection.

  • Recommended for sporty people, though the large-sized shirts will hide a modest beer belly quite well.
  • Website: Elverys Superstore at Croke Park
  • Disadvantages? As with every sports gear, the design changes on a regular basis, and you might be running around in yesterday’s clothing faster than you like. But then, who outside Ireland would notice?

Trinity College Treats

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Remember when it was oh-so-hip to wear sweats that proclaimed you were at UCLA, Oxford, or Cambridge? If you still like the look, the Students Union at Trinity College Dublin can satisfy your every need. With a whole range of branded items. From sweatshirts to flannel pajamas, from Harry-Potter-esque scarves to ties that tie you in with the old-boys-network. Don't forget the mugs and teddy bears either, all of which are branded with the Trinity College seal, or other appropriate imagery. While you might get cheap imitations elsewhere, these are the real thing. And you can claim “I went to Trinity College”. Who mentioned actually studying there?

  • Recommended for anyone, really, academic or not.
  • Website: Homepage of the Trinity Gift Shop
  • Disadvantages? None one can think of, though bluffing your way into a job by wearing a Trinity tie may backfire.

Molly Malone in Miniature

The most famous statue in Dublin may very well be the “Tart with the Cart”, better known as the bronze depiction of fishmonger Molly Malone. A monument to Dublin folklore, with a monumental bosom, and a frilly blouse that shows it off. Now the real Molly Malone may have looked very different, but the buxom image has been imprinted upon a billion brains and can now be found printed on everything in any souvenir shop – from the ubiquitous fridge magnet to small replicas of the famous statue (or, at least, something very similar to it). Be ready to break into song with a rendition of "In Dublin’s fair city."

  • Recommended for those who cannot think about Dublin without thinking about sweet Molly Malone.
  • Website: The Story of Molly Malone – a Dublin Song Icon
  • Disadvantages? It is a cliché … and the depictions are more pop culture than realistic.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

If you want to take some Irish whiskey as a souvenir with you, you should certainly head for the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Just a short walk from Dublin’s city center, and offering that special something other shops cannot – exclusive bottles that are only available from the Jameson company direct. Not cheap as chips, but a slightly more expensive way to get a bit of a buzz. These are whiskeys made to be enjoyed pure, not dumped unlovingly into a coke, or wasted in cocktails. This Dublin souvenir is whiskey for the connoisseur, which, frankly speaking, is the only whiskey worth buying as a souvenir … as alcohol prices in Ireland are high, and you might get most brands cheaper at home.

  • Recommended for those who really know how to enjoy their whiskey, not for the casual drinker.
  • Website: The Jameson Irish Whiskey Website (for adults only)
  • Disadvantages? They are heavy, they contain liquids – airlines frown upon whiskey bottles in your carry-on, and you need to protect them really well in checked luggage.

Wrights of Howth

These people do fish, nothing but fish, and they do it so well … that people want to take the fish home with them. Which, unless you live nearby, might be a bit of a problem. But trust Wrights of Howth to find a solution – and thus they can now provide packs that will survive a transatlantic flight without any problems. The secret? You buy them at Dublin Airport, airside in both terminals at the Wrights shop. The store assistants are helpful and will advise you on the ins and outs of taking a smoked salmon on board.

  • Recommended for anybody who cannot face reintegrating back home without a dose of Irish salmon.
  • Website: Shopping at Wrights of Howth
  • Disadvantages? There are limits on how long salmon may stay fresh, so be careful. And it also helps to know the import regulations back home.

Mr. Tayto’s Finest

Tayto’s Crisps are as Dublin as it gets, as Irish as a shamrock, as beloved as fish and chips for a snack. The classic chips come in a cheese and onion flavor that every Dubliner grew up eating. And the spud-man “Mr. Tayto” has become an Irish icon, with his image creeping up on everything. While the best variety of goods is sold at Tayto Park in County Meath, from car fresheners (not smelling of cheese and onion, one hastens to add) to toys, you’ll find Tayto crisps in any shop. Go on, you really want to take a few home …

  • Recommended for lovers of snacks, who brave (and crave) the unique cheese and onion chip rush.
  • Website: The Tayto Homepage
  • Disadvantages? Well, they are gone really fast, and they are highly breakable. But even if you flatten the pack in transit, you can still make a Tayto sandwich with them (yes, two pieces of buttered white bread with crushed Taytos as a filling).

Note that in the list above some “typically Irish” things are missing, like Waterford Crystal, or an Aran Sweater. Why? Because they are not souvenirs of Dublin. But you can get them in Dublin, if you want to. And if you need to make any last minute purchases, fret not – the “House of Ireland” has outlets at Dublin Airport , and a very good selection of souvenirs too. And if you are wondering about all the shopping you can do before landing in Ireland - here is more on Irish customs regulations .

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The Best Irish Craft Shops in Dublin for Unique Souvenirs & Gifts

Before heading home after a few days in Ireland, you might wonder what the best souvenirs to take home might be and where to find them. If, like me, you are not too fond of tacky souvenirs shops and would prefer to buy local, you will be glad to know there are some great Irish craft shops in Dublin to do just that.

The country is full of small producers, artists and designers inspired by nature, the history of Ireland and its culture. From Irish-made contemporary ceramics to handmade knitwear or prints that perfectly encapsulate the Irish landscape, you can find unique and meaningful souvenirs in Dublin to buy in the city’s best craft shops. 

The Best Irish Craft Shops in Dublin for Unique Souvenirs and Gifts

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Avoca Handweavers, 11-13 Suffolk Street

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Avoca Handweavers on Suffolk Street is one of a dozen Irish craft shops opened by the local brand over the years around the country. Simply known as Avoca, the company traces its origin back to 1723 when a weaving mill was set up along the Avoca River, in the village of the same name, in county Wicklow.

Scarves in Avoca, Irish Craft Shop in Dublin

The weaving mill is still producing Avoca’s high quality woollen scarves and throws . If you’re planning a Wicklow road trip , why not stop by and witness the weaving process yourself. In their shop in Dublin, their soft and unique pieces hang on the walls and cover the shelves with hues ranging from pastel green to deep red. Although a little pricey, a scarf by Avoca will be a lasting investment, reminding you of your trip to Ireland for years to come.

Avoca, Irish Craft Shop in Dublin

Expanding their business, Avoca has also become a retail shop for locally made skincare products . Irish brands such as The Handmade Soap, Voya and Green Angel can be found there. Those with a sweet tooth won’t miss a chance to bring back delicious jams, cookies and chocolate from local Irish producers in the food section of the basement. 

If you’d rather do more sightseeing than spending your time shopping, Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street should do the trick. This one-stop store for unique Irish souvenirs is the Mecca for everything crafty, from jewellery, including the famous Claddagh ring , to prints and pottery designed by Irish artists.

Throws and scarves by McNutt are especially worth a look (and a touch!). Established in 1953 in Donegal, the company blends tradition with modernity thanks to its modern design inspired by the rough landscape of Northwest Ireland. Made from high quality, Irish wool, McNutt’s weaves will provide warmth to your future travels.

Scarves in Kilkenny Shop, Craft Shop in Dublin

If it’s tableware you are after, you’ll find unique pieces on the shelves of Kilkenny Shop. Based in county Kilkenny, Nicholas Mosse is a well-known Irish potter that creates handmade ceramics inspired by local wildflowers and hedgerows. Sponging, a technique dating back to the 18th century, is used by Mosse to apply his pattern on each of his pieces. For contemporary tableware, check out creations by Meath based potter Thomas Diem . His simple and minimalist style reinvents traditional jugs and mugs in a striking way.

McNutt scarves, Kilkenny Shop in Dublin, Ireland

To hang on your wall, Kilkenny Shop has prints you can easily slip into your suitcase. Several Irish artists are showcased, like printmakers Jando , a husband and wife duo who features local landmarks on their prints with a modern and vibrant twist. A great and funky souvenir to take home!

A large range of Irish skincare brands like the Handmade Soap Company, Green Angel and more are also available in store. If you would like to splash out, pieces of jewellery and crystal by Irish designers are on show.

Originating from the Aran islands , off the West coast of Ireland, the Aran sweaters are woollen garments, handmade in Ireland by skilled knitters. They are famous for their intricate cable patterns decorating the body and sleeves that can take up to 60 days for a knitter to complete.

However, these patterns are inaccurately given a religious significance or said to be inspired by the Celts. Historians place indeed the origin of the Aran sweaters at the end of 19th century at the earliest, when the Congested Districts Board brought fishermen and their wives to the islands to help alleviate poverty. From Britain and Ireland, they took with them an existing tradition that was adapted locally.

Aran Sweater Market in Dublin

The Aran Sweater Market was set first on the Aran Islands in the 1990s and has become a well-known international brand. Their design is inspired by traditional stitches and patterns used and created by islanders in the last century. Their shop in Dublin is a unique opportunity to put your hand on a quality, Irish-made Aran sweater, scarf or shawl if you don’t have the opportunity to travel all the way to the West of the country.

Originally of a cream colour, the sweaters can now also be found in different earthy hues from rusty red to dark grey or yellow ochre, the perfect colours for your autumn outfit. From cardigans to ponchos, different styles are available for men and women, in their shop on Grafton Street. These unique Irish garments will keep you warm for years to come.

Jam Art Factory opened its first shop on Patrick Street in the Liberties in 2013 with the aim to showcase contemporary Irish artists through prints and other media. They have since opened a second shop in Temple Bar and have become a go-to address for quality and modern prints by home-grown artists.

Jam Art Factory, Dublin

At Jam Art Factory, you will find prints by artists using traditional and modern techniques showcasing Dublin’s landmarks but also famous locations found around Ireland . From Dublin’s pubs to the Old Head Lighthouse in Kinsale or Malin Head in Donegal, they capture the beauty and character of Ireland better than a photograph. 

With their unique collection of prints by hand-picked Irish artists, the owners of Jam Art Factory have filled their shops with the perfect souvenir item that will brighten your wall and your day. 

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The Irish Design Shop is an easy addition to add to your self-guided walking itinerary in Dublin . Located in the heart of the Creative Quarter near Powerscourt Shopping Centre, this tiny craft shop on two floors has a lot on its shelves to look at. From ceramics to homeware, from jewellery to textiles, the Irish Design Shop showcases Irish craft in all its forms.

Irish Design Shop, One of the Best Irish Craft Shops in Dublin

Curated by the shop’s owners, the products on show are made by some of the best Irish designers . From luxurious woollen scarves from John Hanly ’s mill in Tipperary to beautiful, handmade terracota jugs and mugs from Helen Faulkner ’s studio in Belfast, the Irish Design Shop is filled with great finds from the four corners of the island. 

The pottery can easily go unnoticed. Hidden away in a quiet and unremarkable street of Dublin North, Arran Street East ’s white, unassuming facade blends in with the neighbouring industrial buildings, more common in this part of town. Halfway down the streets and just a throw-away from Bohemian Capel Street, the little studio shop is worth a detour. 

Established in 2015, Arran Street East’s clean and minimalist style has already been featured in international lifestyle magazines like Vogue Living, Elle Decoration and Country Living. Its contemporary but simple design brings both modernity and vintage to traditional tableware such as mugs, jugs and bowls. 

Handmade using traditional techniques in their workshop at the very same address, Arran Street East’s quality and beautiful ceramics are real works of art that should find a place on your kitchen’s open shelves, for everyone to see.

Located in Temple Bar, the city’s most visited neighbourhood, Design Lane couldn’t have picked a better location for its Irish craft shop in Dublin city centre. Working as a cooperative retail space, the shop showcases over 40 Irish artists and designers .

Design Lane, Craft Shop in Temple Bar, Dublin

From prints to clothing, jewellery to knitwear, Design Lane offers a large range of Irish-made products to explore. Julie Dillon ’s hand-knitted, colourful sweaters and cardigans for kids can be the perfect gifts for the grandchildren, unless you prefer to treat yourself with Irish-made cosmetics.

A world away from cheap products sold by souvenirs shops in the neighbourhood, Design Lane should be on your to-do list when visiting Temple Bar if you wish to bring home locally made and unique gifts.

Tucked away in an old Georgian house, around the corner from St. Stephen’s Green, Cleo is a family-owned business, currently run by the third generation. The little shop specializes in handmade Irish clothing from small producers, guided by the family’s love for traditional textile craft.

Cleo, Handmade Irish Clothing Store in Dublin, Ireland

Cleo doesn’t have an obvious shopfront, although it makes the best of its single window at the front, while signs in different languages welcome shoppers to cross its threshold. If the door is not open, visitors are invited to ring the bell, so you can be let in.   

Inside, the shop seems about to burst, filled to the brim with cardigans, sweaters, jackets, hats and socks of the best quality wool. On its shelves, you will find high-end products by Irish brands like Inis Meáin whose creations, made in the Aran Islands since the 1970s, are inspired by the local environment, or Fisherman Out of Ireland whose sweaters and beanies are knitted in a small village in Donegal.

Where to Find the Best Irish Crafts Shop in Dublin

I hope you will find the perfect gift or souvenir to bring home thanks to these great Irish craft shops in Dublin city centre. As much as I like finding unique products inspired by the local culture for my own home, buying local is also rewarding. As you purchase a handmade woollen sweater from a family-run business, remember that you help directly support the local economy, small producers, traders and their families.

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Shopping in Dublin

Shopping in Dublin

Dublin has dozens of shopping streets packed with national and international clothing brands , luxury boutiques or vintage shops to cater for all the tastes.

Typical Irish souvenirs

Ireland provides visitors with a large array of souvenirs, that said, most are green-colored! The most common are small leprechaun figurines, shamrocks pots, t-shirts or stuffed toys. Most souvenir shops belong to Carrolls .

Tourists also generally purchase Guinness official merchandise. If you visit the Guinness Storehouse , you can purchase them there or at any other souvenir shop.  

If you’re a fan of whiskey, you can purchase world-famous Irish Jameson whiskey.

If you’re looking for something a bit more special, silver Celtic jewelry is also very popular in Ireland. The most popular being the Claddagh ring , a beautiful band that represents love and loyalty.

Shopping areas in Dublin

Most of Dublin’s shopping streets are located on the south side of the River Liffey. Grafton Street is packed with stores, including Brown Thomas , Ireland’s premier luxury department store, and Powerscourt Centre , a charming shopping center housed in an eighteenth-century building.

Another fashionable shopping mall is the elegant St. Stephen Green Shopping Centre , at the end of Grafton Street. The shopping mall will remind you of a greenhouse, all made of glass. 

On the north side of the River, the shopping area is around O’Connell Street and Henry Street, two streets packed with stores and shopping centers like Jervis Shopping Center , one of the largest in Dublin.

If you prefer vintage shops or high fashion boutiques, the best area to head to is Temple Bar . Shops in this area are one-of-a-kind and inviting. There are also numerous handicraft shops .

One of Ireland’s most famous national clothing brand is Penneys , internationally known as Primark . A great place to get cheap clothes, make-up and accessories.

Open-air markets

Dublin also has numerous open-air markets. The best without a doubt is Moore Street Market , located on Henry Street that sells flowers and plants, fruit and vegetables at a good price. It’s open from Monday to Saturday from 7am – 5pm approximately.

Temple Bar Food Market , located in Meeting House Square, is specialized in organic food. It is open on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm.  

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Wondering what to wear in Ireland? Need inspiration for an Ireland outfit? This packing list will help you plan for your dream trip. With a stylish Ireland capsule wardrobe, you won’t look out of place with these tips!

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You’ll find insight on general Dublin attire, in addition to visual examples of the type of clothing you might want to wear based on the weather and how to build an Ireland wardrobe.

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Please use the visuals in this post as a guideline to help you create Ireland outfits and choose corresponding items based on your own style and clothing preferences.

What Do People Wear in Ireland?

The most important thing when deciding what to wear in Ireland is to always look presentable and avoid anything too revealing, like crop tops or short shorts. You will be cold and look inappropriate. 

In general, day-to-day Ireland style is casual but always polished. For your Ireland packing list, think nice blouse plus nice jeans (dark colors are always a good go-to choice). When considering what to pack when visiting Dublin, remember that the city is trendy, combining formal and casual wear.

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Like anywhere, pack for the environment. Are you spending your time café crawling in the cities or getting lost in the wilderness?

Jeans are easy to wear and don’t have to be washed frequently, so they make the ideal travel pants. For something more versatile and lightweight, take a look at our favorite women’s travel pants .

Also remember that if you forget anything, you’ll be able to pick it up when you get there, so don’t be afraid to pack light. Try to stick to a small selection of colors to make it easier to mix and match your items.

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What Should I Wear in Ireland?

The most important factors in planning and packing for Ireland are the activities you’ll be doing on your trip AND the weather.

Always, always, always check the weather forecast before your trip. What to wear in Ireland now could be different a week later. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than being unprepared with the wrong clothing for the weather. Dublin summer fashion is very different than winter fashion.

Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a capsule travel wardrobe , which should easily fit in a carryon suitcase with the help of packing cubes to compress your clothing.

When planning what to wear in Ireland, remember that it is a country known for its four-seasons-in-one-day weather. Unpredictable would be a good word to describe it. So plan for rain, bring layers, and remove as needed. 

Regardless of when you travel, you will need an umbrella and waterproof gear like a parka, sensible walking shoes, and waterproof boots .

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What are the best shoes for Ireland?

Generally speaking, you’ll probably need some type of boot year-round. Choose a calf-height for the winter and ankle boots the rest of the time.

If there’s heavy rain in the forecast, a rubber bootie would work well for extensive city exploration on foot. However, regular leather boots (or faux leather boots) will work much better than rain boots on most occasions.

These are the best shoes for Ireland according to our readers! 

When in doubt, a tan chelsea ankle boots is the go-to style of choice and a great addition to your Ireland packing list. These tips on how to wear ankle boots should work in every season except winter, when a tall boot is needed like these waterproof boots are recommended.

Popular shoe options include (click each item below for suggested styles):

  • Ankle Boots for spring and autumn
  • Ballet Flats to dress up or for warm weather
  • Waterproof Boots for rain and snow
  • Comfortable Sightseeing shoes for year round visits
  • Cute Comfortable Summer Sandals
Read this post about the how to choose the best walking shoes for Europe .

Below you’ll find helpful seasonal clothing tips and suggested packing lists that you can use as a guideline to prepare for a trip to Dublin:

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  Sweater 1 | Top | Sweater 2 | Tee | Pants 1 | Cardigan | Jacket | Pants 2 | Crossbody  | Scarf | Boots |   Sneakers

What to Wear in Ireland in Spring

What is the weather in dublin in spring (march, april, may).

Springtime in Ireland means bright and sunny days, with temperatures ranging from 46°-54°F, so you can expect mild temperatures with occasional rain showers, wind, and spells of sunshine. The days grow longer during the spring months, and further into the country you will see green landscapes, yellow tulips, and countless spring lambs.

Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:

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Read these tips on how to pack for transitional weather .

What clothes should I wear in Dublin in Spring?

Spring in Dublin is cool and can be rainy, so your Ireland packing list should include a good pair of travel pants that are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with many outfits. The same goes for shoes , wear durable, reliable shoes that can handle all kinds of conditions.

Find out what’s the most comfortable walking shoes for travel!

As the weather changes rapidly in Ireland, readers recommend that the key to dressing right is lightweight layers, waterproof shoes , and a raincoat or a small fold-up-umbrella should always be on hand.  

Read these tips on what to wear on a rainy day when traveling!

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Tops for Spring

Chilly spring weather in Ireland calls for sweaters! Choose something lightweight yet warm, such as a cashmere sweater. It’s a fantastic layering piece and will keep you feeling cozy and looking chic. Overall, the most warm sweaters are either cashmere or merino wool . 

Quince’s cashmere crewneck sweater is a cute pick that readers love for its soft and warm feel, classic fit, great quality, and affordable price. It’s a super versatile top that you’ll be reaching for over and over!

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Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan | Sizes XXS-XL

A cozy cardigan is another great option that’s perfect for layering.

The Everlane Felted Merino cardigan is super warm, with a slouchy fit, gorgeous knit wool fabric, and lovely details. You can layer this cutie between a thermal and a rain jacket , for a day of touring castles and nature walks, or snuggle into it for a night of bar hopping in a town or city!

Overall,   layering is essential. Sweaters, jackets, and tees are perfect. Try to stick to neutrals or pastel colors.

Check out the best packable and beautiful cardigan sweaters  that you’ll want for your next trip!

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Bottoms for Spring

Choose you r travel pants based on the adventures you have planned. Trips to Ireland are often quite active, so if hiking , bike riding, horseback riding, or just long days of walking are on the agenda, you’ll want a sportier pair of pants that’ll keep you comfortable and allow you to move around freely. 

The Athleta Brooklyn ankle pants are an elevated take on a classic jogger, with a more tailored fit and sleek fabric. But these pants are perfect for the sporty traveler: they’re lightweight and durable, with UPF 50+ sun protection! 

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The best travel pants are suitable for all kinds of activities and versatile enough to be worn for both casual and dressy occasions. Another pair that checks all these boxes are the Eddie Bauer Departure pants , which is a high-performance option that’s polished yet ready for adventure. 

These trouser-like pants are made from technical fabric that are light, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, UPF 50+, and overall super comfy.

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Jackets for Spring

While some days can be quite sunny and moderately warm, springtime in Ireland is generally quite chilly, so you’ll be happy to have a packable down jacket when the weather turns. Plus, evenings are always much colder, so a warm jacket is a must after the sun sets. 

Readers suggest a puffer jacket, which is lighter and easy to carry, and they usually boast a cute and versatile look to go with any of your outfits. 

The Columbia Autumn Park down jacket has a classic design and lightweight warmth that’ll offer you plenty of mobility as you explore. While insulated and heat-reflective, it’s highly breathable and dissipates moisture.

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If you run warm or are expecting warmer weather, a simple waterproof windbreaker or light rain jacket will get the job done. Be sure that you can layer underneath, for extra cold or windy days, and that’s sturdy enough to handle any outdoor excursions that you have planned. 

The North Face’s Antora jacket is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, so you’ll be able to comfortably explore in any weather. It’s durable, has a relaxed yet flattering shape, and allows for plenty of movement and layering. There’s a protective hood, so no need for an umbrella , and it’s very easy to store when not worn.

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What shoes should I wear in Dublin in spring?

When choosing what to wear in Ireland, plan your shoes based on the weather and your planned activities. Choose no more than two to three pairs of shoe in neutral colors that can mix and match with all your clothing.

Make sure your sightseeing shoes are broken in properly. Opt for a pair that is comfortable and you can wear it for hours without discomfort. 

It’s best to choose waterproof shoes that are not made out of rubber; instead leather ankle boots are a good shoe option for travel to Europe in spring. As always, versatility is key. Bring along a pair that can handle everything: from nature walks to city treks to nights out.

When it comes to Ireland, waterproof sneakers are another stellar choice, regardless of the season! 

If you’re visiting the many gorgeous trails in the Irish countryside, the Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles are perfect. These sneakers are waterproof and made of a cozy merino wool blend that’ll keep your feet warm, while allowing them to breathe, plus the insole is moisture-wicking and odor-repellent. They have excellent traction and cushioning, too, so you’ll be strolling through the blooming wildflowers with happy and dry feet! 

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Chelsea boots like the Sorel Emelie boots are a perfect style for Ireland and a great addition to your travel packing list. 

Readers always recommend the Emelie boots for rainy destinations, both urban and rural, as they’re casual yet cute, and look great with jeans , trousers , and dresses , while remaining amazingly comfortable. Their grippy soles, cushioned and supportive footbeds, and waterproof leather will allow you to conquer grassy hills or cobblestone streets with ease (and style)!

While not recommended for all day sightseeing, ballet flats are also a good option should you want a dressier pair of shoes on your trip for warmer days or evenings. Alternatively, bring closed toe wedges for a dressy alternative.

Dublin Packing List for Spring

  • Two  short sleeve tops
  • Two  long sleeve tops
  • Two  additional tops
  • One pair of blue  jeans
  • One pair of black  ponte pants
  • One additional  bottom
  • One  rain  or  winter jacket
  • One warm  layer
  • Thermals  (if very cold)
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • One versatile  sleep set
  • Waterproof ankle boots  (sightseeing)
  • Slip on sneakers  (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat  (dressing up)
  • Wedges : (optional)

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Tee | Shirt | Top | Longsleeve | Dress | Jacket | Pants 1 | Pants 2 | Crossbody |  Scarf  | Boots | Sneakers

What to Wear in Ireland in Summer

What is the weather in dublin in summer (june, july, august).

The summer days grow longer and you can expect more daylight and beautiful late crimson sunsets with moderate to warm temperatures. Summer is a much drier season and everyone seems happier; however, you can still expect rain and wind, so be prepared.

Read this post for more tips on packing for Ireland in Summer !

Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:

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  • Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
  • Best Walking Shoes for Europe’s Cobblestone Streets

What clothes should I wear in Dublin in summer?

Check the weather forecast before you leave home!  Summer in Ireland means lush landscapes, moderate weather, and long, sunny days (with an occasional drizzle here and there, of course). With temps ranging from 50°-70° F, you’ll be set with light tops, long pants, and some waterproof outerwear. 

For your Ireland packing list, bring your umbrella and hoodies. They are not as heavy duty as winter gear, but they will protect you from the chill. Pack a cardigan that you can wear with your summer dress , maxi dress , maxi skirt , and shorts .

Stockings or tights are always a great option to wear underneath dresses or shorts for warm layers. Always pack a pair of jeans; they’re comfortable and durable and will keep you warm.

Readers rave about all the wonderful outdoor adventures Ireland has to offer in the summer, from exploring castles and historical sites, hiking, or even enjoying some water sports, so you’ll likely want to pack clothing that you can be active in.

Find out the easy packing solution to transform summer clothes into an autumn outfit!

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Spanx Pima Cotton Crew V Neck Tee | Sizes XS-3X

Tops for Summer

Although the sun might be shining, summers will never get too hot in Ireland, so on the warmest of days, a simple t-shirt is the way go-to. 

Pick something that’s simple, versatile, and breathable, like Spanx’s Pima Cotton V neck tee . It has a feminine yet relaxed fit to go with any pant option, and the fabric is soft and high quality, so you can’t go wrong here. You could also opt for a black t-shirt too, which is a smart neutral to pack.

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J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve T-Shirt | Sizes XXS-3X

Another staple for your summer packing list should be a long sleeve t-shirt . With wind chills and cooler evenings, something with sleeves will keep you regulated at the perfect temperature. 

J.Crew’s Perfect-fit long sleeve crewneck is loved by readers for its classic and flattering fit. It’s made from soft and cozy cotton fabric that’ll keep you warm on chillier days and nights but is still light, so you’ll be comfy under the warm sun.

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Bottoms for Summer

The perfect travel pants will give you freedom of movement, hold their shape well over time, and look a bit elevated — even if they’re a sportier pair. Stretchy, lightweight pairs are best, and if they can be dressed up for evenings, it’s even better!  

The Eddie Bauer Departure pants was made for travel, offering a sleek look with tons of function. The fabric blend is so light, moisture-wicking, and has UPF 50+ protection. Readers say they’re really flattering, too!

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Lululemon City Sleek Wide-Leg Pant | Sizes 24-33

Quick-drying and moisture-wicking pants are a great idea for Ireland, too. They’ll keep you dry and comfortable if it rains or if you’ll be doing some rigorous walking or adventuring. 

Wide leg pants are comfy and quite popular with readers. The Lululemon City Sleek pants are made of a lightweight cotton blend fabric that dries quickly, wicks away sweat, offers plenty of stretch, and feels smooth and soft. They’re high waisted with a relaxed leg, giving you an effortlessly stylish look, whether on an excursion or at the pub!

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Quince Tencel Rib Knit Dress | Sizes XS-XL

Dresses for Summer

If you want to wear a dress in the summer, opt for something that has sleeves like this Quince rib knit dress , which is simply classic yet stretchy. A jacket and cute black sneakers can be added to jazz it up. 

The great thing about dresses is their ability to be layered, either with leggings , tights , or even over cropped pants .

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Wool& Rowena Swing Dress | Sizes XS-3X

But material matters too, as the wrong kind of material might leave you a bit chilly in the fickle Ireland climate. That’s why a merino wool dress like the one pictured by Woolx is the best of both worlds: wearing a dress and keeping warm if the weather turns! 

Merino wool naturally retains heat but also draws away moisture and it doesn’t retain nasty odors. So, it works in both warmer and colder temperatures.

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Shop Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Coat: Amazon | Eddie Bauer Sizes: Regular XS-XXL | Petite XS-XL | Tall S-XXL | Plus 1X-3X

Jackets for Summer

As you may have guessed, when it comes to your jacket, it should definitely be a waterproof jacket ! Make sure your jacket isn’t too heavy or thick, so you don’t feel too hot or stuffy. Adjustable hoods, roomy pockets, cinch-able waists, and flattering silhouettes are more features to look out for. 

Eddie Bauer’s Girl on the Go trench is a stylish pick that readers rave about. It’s fully seam sealed yet highly breathable, and has a slimming and flattering fit. To top it off, it has an adjustable, removable hood and secure pockets! 

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Arthas Light Rain Jacket | Sizes S-XXL

Trench coats are perfect for summer in Ireland. Another cute option is the Arthas trench , which is light and airy yet offers excellent protection from the wind and rain. 

It’s comfy and offers ample mobility, so it’s a great pick for sporty activities. But it also has a chic look, so it’s just as suitable for a day out in the city!

A scarf will add warmth and a subtle hint of color to any outfit. You can also bring a blazer on your travels. Opt for black; you can team it with any look, adding a touch of sophistication when worn with pants.

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Shop Ecco Modtray Ankle Boots: Amazon |  Nordstrom | Zappos |  Ecco

What shoes should I wear in Dublin in summer?

Depending on the city, the streets in Ireland can be hilly, uneven, and slippery when wet, not to mention all the cobblestones! While great to look at, cobblestone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make your feet sore, even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Needless to say, make sure your walking shoes are plenty comfortable, supportive, and grippy. 

Ankle booties are a versatile, stylish option when visiting several countries in Europe. The Ecco Modtray boots are a dream — they’re sturdy but also beautiful! Plus, they’re grounded on a chunky sole that gives them a stylish edge and excellent traction to conquer slick streets and rugged terrain. 

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Shop Sorel Out N About III: Amazon |  Nordstrom  |  Macy’s  |  Moosejaw  |  Sorel

A third pair of shoes could be slip ons, such as Toms , Converse , or another supportive pair. But with all the walking and adventuring you’ll be doing, you also can’t go wrong with a comfy pair of waterproof sneakers. 

The Sorel Out N About sneakers are cute and sporty, with a durable design that can handle some serious wear and tear. They have a great grip on the soles and will keep your feet dry in a downpour, and they’re super comfortable, too.

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Shop Teva Tirra Sandals: Amazon |  Zappos  |  REI  |  Teva

If you really want to pack open shoes, consider more hiking sandals , it’s best to choose closed toe versions that has some grip and are water-resistant, like these popular Teva Tirra outdoor sandals . Readers love them for the very reasons we mentioned: they’re comfy and can handle tougher elements, but are still cute looking!

Dublin Packing List for Summer

  • Three  short sleeve  and/or  sleeveless tops
  • One ¾  sleeve top
  • One additional  top
  • Two  bottoms
  • One  maxi dress
  • Two  summer dresses
  • One light  rain jacket
  • One light  layer
  • Comfortable sandals  (sightseeing)
  • Sneakers  or  Slip on sneakers  (sightseeing)

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Longsleeve 1  |  Longsleeve 2 |  Sweater 1  |  Sweater 2  |  Pants 1  |  Jacket 1  |  Jacket 2  |  Pants 2  |  Bag  |  Scarf  |  Sneakers  |  Boots

What to Wear in Ireland in Fall

What is the weather in dublin in fall (september, october, november).

Autumn has very strong winds and frequent rain, with a visible drop in temperature, and shorter days, with average temps ranging from 45°-57° F. The change of season brings the fall foliage which is simply breathtaking, as well as countless activities to partake in; from hikes and walking tours to whale watching to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. 

When planning what to pack for Dublin this time of year, think about a woolly hat and stylish travel raincoat like these —but you can always pop into a traditional pub to warm up with an Irish coffee! 

Read these tips on what to wear on a rainy day !

Start by reading these general tips on packing for autumn travel:

  • How to Layer Clothes
  • Use a Summer Dress to Pack Light in Fall

What clothes should I wear in Dublin in fall?

For autumn, you want to ensure you keep warm and dry. Bring a warm jacket to protect you from the wind chill and a fleece jacket for added warmth.

Layering is once again needed for the colder weather, so add warm wool jerseys, long sleeve tops , and simple plain tees to your look. You can dress these with dark colored trousers which are more versatile.

Need a waterproof jacket? We love these travel raincoats for women !

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ibex Tranquil Long Sleeve Pullover | Sizes XS-XL

Tops for Fall

Your tops should be nice and warm, and slightly on the thicker side to account for the cool and crisp autumn air. Think sweatshirts and knit sweaters that are made from cozy yet breathable fabrics. 

Readers recommend the ibex Tranquil pullover . This piece is made of a merino wool and cotton blend, so it’s temperature-regulating and super soft. It’s a great option for hiking or active days, as it’ll allow you to move freely and will keep you at a comfy temp throughout the day. But it’s still chic enough for grabbing lunch in the city, too! 

If you tend to run cold or are going to be faced with chillier temps during your stay, pair this sweater with the ibex Woolies thermal top underneath for the added warmth!

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Quince 100% Organic Cotton Fisherman Crew Sweater  (Sizes XS-XL)

Whether photographing the beautiful Irish coasts or spending time in the capital, a cozy knit sweater is a fall must! A turtleneck is especially great for blocking out the cold wind. 

Quince 100% Organic Cotton Fisherman Crew Sweater has all the stylish and comfy features you could want, from a turtleneck and longer length to its soft, knitted fabric that is available in a lovely color. Wearers say the fit and drape are perfect and it keeps them warm on the chilliest of days.

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Betabrand Classic Dress Yoga Pant | Sizes XS-3X (Regular, Petite, Long)

Bottoms for Fall

Pack bottoms that are light yet warm, and can handle a bit of wind and rain, as well. While jeans are always a great travel staple, many readers advise against these for Ireland, especially in the wetter season, as they tend to take a long time to dry, so they’ll make you feel colder throughout the day if they get damp from the rain. 

A pair like Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants are ideal as they’re made of comfy ponte fabric that’s warm yet breathable (and wrinkle-resistant, too)! They have a chic, dress-pant look with a stylish bootcut silhouette offering a flattering fit, and they’re also incredibly comfortable! 

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Spanx AirEssentials Tapered Pant | Sizes XS-3X

If you’re spending the day exploring the great outdoors or want a sportier option, go for these Spanx AirEssentials joggers . They have a relaxed fit and are made from lightweight and airy fabric, making them perfect for active days. While they’re easy and casual, you could totally dress them up a bit with ankle boots and a sweater.

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Shop Eddie Bauer Charly Jacket: Amazon |  Eddie Bauer Sizes: Regular XS-XXL | Petite XS-XL | Tall S-XXL | Plus 1X-3X

Jackets for Fall

For outerwear, think warm and waterproof. And be sure that you can add layers under your jacket if need be!

Readers love the Eddie Bauer Charly waterproof jacket because it’s breathable, so you won’t feel stuffy or too hot. It has a chic style, with adjustable cuffs and a hood, and you can cinch in the waist for a more feminine fit. There are multiple pockets to organize your smaller essentials, too.

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ibex Women’s Wool Aire Down Jacket  | Sizes from XS-XL

A puffer jacket is another great choice for keeping out the wind and rain as you explore. The ibex Wool Aire waterproof jacket has an athletic fit and an elasticized hem, cuffs, and hood for extra protection. It’s super lightweight and packs down into its own small pocket, but its merino wool insulation will keep you toasty warm, even when outdoors for long periods of time.

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Shop Blondo Dyme Chelsea Boot: Amazon | Nordstrom | Zappos

What shoes should I wear in Dublin in fall?

As fall is typically quite wet — with late fall being among the rainiest times of the year — your shoes should be waterproof and have top-notch traction to keep you stable and comfy.   

Ankle booties , or warmer, calf length boots are also a great look for the autumn; opt for boots in leather or a faux leather material to ensure that your feet are kept dry and protected from the elements.

Lug soles offer both function and a bit of an edgy look, perfect for keeping things practical yet stylish. The Blondo Dyme waterproof boots have a Chelsea boot style and they’ll grip slippery surfaces with ease. These stunners have a cushy foam insole with support and extra gel cushioning at the heel!

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Shop Sorel Evie Boot: Amazon

When it’s wet in Ireland, you really want to be conscious of the weather and what ground you’re walking on. The Sorel Evie waterproof boots are great for tackling both the rugged Irish terrain and the slippery cobblestones in town. As you take in Ireland’s natural beauty, these sturdy boots will keep every bit of water out, while giving your feet ample arch support, a healthy alignment, and cushioning! 

Dublin Packing List for Fall

  • Two  dresses
  • Waterproof leather boots  or  long leather boots  (sightseeing)
  • Canvas sneakers  (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat  or  loafers  (dressing up)
  • Closed toe wedges : (optional)

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Thermal Top  |  Sweater  |  Jacket 1  |  Longsleeve 1  |  Thermal Pants  |  Jacket 2  |  Longsleeve 2  |  Pants  |  Gloves  |  Beanie  |  Boots 1  |  Boots 2

What to Wear in Ireland in Winter

What is the weather in dublin in winter (december, january, february).

Winter in Ireland means cold, wet, and cloudy — but oh, so beautiful and festive! With temperatures ranging from 39°-46° F, and you can expect shorter days accompanied by strong winds and possible snowfall. 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:

  • Capsule Wardrobe for Winter
  • How to Pack for Cold Weather
  • How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather (without the bulk)
  • The Best Travel Shoes for Winter
Use these tips to learn how to stay warm in cold weather without looking like a snowman!

What clothes should I wear in Dublin in winter?

Winter pants in dark shades will act as your neutral pieces, which you can then wear with long sleeve tops , hoodies , and a warm winter coat. Layering is key for what to wear in Ireland! Lastly, bring a waterproof jacket and a heavy duty umbrella.

You’ll simply need to bulk up your outerwear, add some thermal under layers are highly suggested underneath all clothing, like a polyeste/ merino wool top and bottoms . They don’t get smelly easily or need to be washed often. In fact, if you get cold easily or aren’t used to cold weather, you can pack merino wool or silk  under layers year-round, unless the weather forecast states otherwise.

Don’t forget to add to your Ireland packing list winter accessories , like a warm hat , such as a beanie or ear muffs, and a thick scarf and gloves , so that you can comfortably enjoy all that winter in Ireland has to offer!

Find out why thermals are a must for traveling light (and staying warm) in winter!

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Quince Cashmere Crewneck Sweater | Sizes XS-XL

Tops for Winter

You’ll no doubt be reaching for a warm, cozy sweater every day on your winter trip, so opt for a toasty option like Quince’s cashmere sweater . Readers love this sweater because it is made from 100% Mongolian cashmere that feels super soft and luxurious. The fit is classic and chic, and you can easily layer a thermal underneath when needed!

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J.Crew Tissue turtleneck | Sizes XXS-3X

Turtlenecks are great for layering under thermals and will add that extra bit of warmth around your neck which will come in handy on a windy day. Opt for something that’s versatile and simple so you can style up in different ways or layer under thicker jackets or sweaters if need be. 

Made of soft and warm merino wool, the J.Crew Tissue turtleneck is a traveler’s dream. It’s ultra-lightweight yet temperate-regulating and is moisture-wicking, so it works to keep you feeling fresh and comfy on an active day. Plus, it has a slim, flattering fit that’ll work for any occasion, day or night.

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Camii Mia Windproof Ski Hiking Pants  | Sizes 26-38

Bottoms for Winter

You’ll likely see a fair amount of rain on your winter trip, so you’ll definitely be glad to have a pair of warm winter pants . 

The Camii Mia pants are made for adventuring, with a stretchy and durable design to tackle whatever outdoor adventure the day brings. Their soft fleece lining adds to their warmth, but they’re also lightweight and moisture-wicking to keep you feeling fresh and comfy.

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Shop Eddie Bauer Polar Fleece Pants: Amazon |  Eddie Bauer Sizes: Tall 8-18 | Plus 22-24W

Fleece-lined leggings or pants will be a dream in the biting cold. Another pair with this cozy feature, as well as excellent waterproofing, is the Eddie Bauer Polar pants . This pair has a relaxed fit, functional pockets, and a sporty yet flattering design.

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Woolies Tech Long Sleeve Shirt  |  Woolies Tech Layer Bottoms  (Sizes XS-XL)

Readers say that thermal underwear is an essential part of your packing list for Ireland in the winter, especially as you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors. 

The ibex Woolies Tech top and bottoms are reader faves. They’re made from merino wool which is a travel all-star, as it’s warm yet temperature-regulating. Readers love that its soft, durable, moisture-wicking, and anti-odor; so you’ll still feel fresh after repeatedly wearing it and it can be worn under virtually any outfit for lightweight warmth!  

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Terramar Thermasilk Pointelle Scoop:  Top  |  Bottoms  (Sizes XS-XL)

You could also explore cold and gorgeous Ireland with a pair of silk thermals . Terramar’s Thermasilk top and bottoms  are super thin yet sturdy and warm. They’re smooth, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, and will keep you fresh throughout your trip (no washing needed)! 

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Shop Eddie Bauer Superior 3.0 Down Parka: Eddie Bauer

Jackets for Winter

While winters in Ireland don’t get as freezing cold or snowy as other European destinations, you’ll still need something insulated and waterproof. The wind can get intense and you’ll definitely see some rain, so readers suggest packing a cozy winter parka. 

A hugely popular one is the Eddie Bauer Superior coat . This is a great outer layer that’ll allow you to feel warm and comfortable, while still allowing your body to breathe, and you’ll have ample mobility. It’s simple yet stylish, too! 

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Shop Columbia Carson Jacket: Amazon  (Sizes XS-3X)

Columbia’s Carson Pass II jacket is a similar option that readers love as well. It has a thermal reflective lining for the utmost warmth, as well as excellent, seam-sealed waterproofing to keep the elements out. There’s a cute faux-fur trim on the hood and a belted waist for styling versatility, and while it’ll warm you up on the coldest of days, it’s still lightweight and breathable.

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Kamik Snow Mid-Calf Boot

What shoes should I wear in Dublin in winter?

Rugged and comfortable winter boots are a must-have for exploring Ireland in the winter, whether trekking through the countryside or wandering around the city. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be stylish, too! 

Pick something like the Kamik combat boots , which are designed to handle the most intense of adventures. They’re sturdy, supportive, and waterproof, with an edgy style that’ll be the perfect finishing touch to your wintery looks! 

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Teva Anaya Chelsea Tall Boots

You may want tall boots or mid-calf boots instead of an ankle boots; opt for a pair that has a warm inner lining and are water-resistant on the outside to protect you from the cold and wet weather.

If you’re visiting Ireland in winter, you may want a tall boot in addition to or instead of an ankle boot. In colder seasons, these Teva womens Anaya Chelsea Tall Boots waterproof boots are recommended. They’re durable and will keep your feet warm and dry, but they are still chic! They’re comfortably cushioned for long hours on your feet.

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Rockport Ryleigh Gore Chelsea Waterproof Boot

I also find a comfy pair of waterproof ankle boots to be perfect for an Ireland packing list. Soggy feet aren’t fun; neither are blisters. Be prepared for the wet as well as the cold.

Find out what our TFG readers chose as the best womens waterproof leather boots !

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Neosan Thick Ribbed Infinity Loop Scarf

Warm Scarf and Gloves

Readers love the functionality of a circle scarf , as it adds a stylish element to your outfit, will keep you extra warm, and has the benefit of staying put, even if the wind is blowing strong! They’re perfect for trips to Ireland as they’re cute, cozy, and hassle-free! 

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Gloves will definitely come in handy as the temps drop, but don’t let them prevent you from snapping that perfectly-timed photo or using maps to get around. Choose a pair that has touch-screen fingertips, so that you can use your phone without compromising on warmth!   

The Isotoner gloves are a particular reader favorite. They’re warm and super sleek, with a contoured and flexible fit and palm strips to help grip your phone. 

Take a look at the best waterproof boots for travel!

Dublin Packing List for Winter

  • Three  long sleeve sweaters
  • One  long sleeve dress
  • One  winter jacket
  • Three winter  socks
  • Waterproof tall or ankle  leather boots  (sightseeing)
  • Leather  sneakers  (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat  or heeled  ankle boot  (dressing up)

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Delsey Luggage Helium Aero 19” Carry-on

What is the Best Luggage for Ireland?

So the hard part’s out of the way; after much turmoil you’ve finally perfected your packing list for Ireland and created a chic capsule collection – now it’s time to get packing! Which luggage will work best for you?

There are various things to consider when choosing the best luggage for Europe including a difference in carry on size, strict weight restrictions, mobility on the cobblestone streets, and long flights of stairs.

For a hardside, readers like the Delsey Helium Aero 19” suitcase . Beyond its gorgeously sleek exterior, this suitcase opens up to a roomy interior with compression straps and two pockets. It rolls smoothly and has locking and expandable zippers, and TFGers say this suitcase will hold up beautifully from the rigors of airplane travel and to being rolled around rough terrain!

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Shop Travelpro Platinum Elite 19”: Amazon | Travelpro

You could also opt for a softside suitcase too when traveling Ireland as they are much more durable these days and equally as popular as hardcase luggage. 

A reader-favorite softside is Travelpro’s Platinum Elite 19” suitcase . This beauty is ultra-lightweight and flexible, so you can pack it to the brim without worrying about it being weighed down. The material is super robust and sturdy and holds up amazingly well over time, as do the smooth spinner wheels and firm handle. It holds multiple inner and outer pockets, TSA locks, and expandable zippers add to the function. 

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Matein Anti Theft Travel Laptop Backpack

For a European carry-on size bag, a backpack is always a safe option. It’s also the perfect fit for those of us who prefer to travel hands-free.  

The Matein travel backpack is loved and consistently recommended by readers for its superior organization. It features two compartments, each with multiple pockets, as well as a laptop sleeve, a USB charging port, and a luggage sleeve. It’s conveniently very lightweight, too, and its breathable and adjustable shoulder straps make it extra comfy to carry.

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Shop Baggallini Calais: Amazon |  Zappos

If a backpack isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong with a functional crossbody for Ireland, as they’re secure and comfortable to carry.  We love these cross body purses for travel, especially when it comes to avoiding theft!

Traveling in Ireland is generally very safe, but wherever you go, there’s always a possibility of theft — especially if you’re in a particularly touristy or crowded area — so many readers opt for an anti-theft purse to stay extra safe while sightseeing. 

The Baggallini Calais crossbody fits travellers’ needs. It’s water-resistant, anti-theft, lightweight, and a compact size that’ll easily fit the necessities for a day of exploration. Oh, and it’s super cute, too! 

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Dagne Dover Ace Belt Bag

A sling bag will keep you hands-free yet give you easy access to your phone or camera so that you can snap pictures of Ireland’s amazing wildlife, spectacular coastal views, or vibrant moments in the city. Plus, you can conveniently wear them in several different ways. 

The gorgeous Dagne Dover sling is water resistant, so a sudden drizzle here and there will be no biggie. Interior pockets help keep things organized, and the exterior pocket is designed for easy access to your essentials!

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Compass Rose Compression Packing Cubes

Depending on how many days or weeks you’re traveling, you may want to use luggage organizers such as packing cubes , which allow optimum use of the space in your luggage, keeping everything organized and in place during your travels, and making the task of unpacking and repacking simple and stress-free.

Find out more why packing cubes are essential — our readers swear by them and so do we! We recommend using these packing cubes — they’re loved by many and it holds up well.

As you’re headed to fashionable Europe, use an equally stylish carry-on , such as the Osprey Ozone , which is a personal favorite. Keep in mind that most of Europe’s budget airlines have a carry-on bag allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

Find out the most popular Europe travel bag styles according to our readers along with their tried and tested reviews.

When traveling to Ireland, you’ll need some of the standard, essential toiletries, including:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Makeup (we recommend keeping it simple: mascara , concealer, and a lip tint that doubles as a blush)
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo

Worried that all your toiletries, makeup, skincare, and hair styling tools won’t fit into your suitcase? Read these tips on how to travel size toiletries to learn how to make the most of limited space without sacrificing your routine!

We recommend you take the most important products in travel containers like these and try to either buy basics like shampoo and shower gel in Europe or use the items provided by hotels.

Also, consider your makeup–in many European cities, women opt for natural makeup focusing on a well groomed but not over-the-top appearance.

While a daily salon blow out isn’t necessary, be mindful of your hair and makeup. Find out if it’s necessary to bring a travel blow dryer here .

When choosing your styling tools, choose items that have dual voltage and bring along a travel adapter for all your electronics. Just make sure to add all these items to your backpacking packing list for Europe so you don’t forget them.

Check out our guide to toiletries for more tips!

What Should I NOT Pack for Ireland?

One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.

While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.

Are Jeans Appropriate to Wear in Dublin?

While Europeans tend to dress up more than Americans, you still can wear jeans in Ireland. However, avoid acid wash and extremely distressed denim and opt for medium-dark blues and blacks. Black skinny jeans always look chic in Europe!

Are Leggings Okay to Wear in Dublin?

Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, but they’re often too casual looking as pants for Ireland. If you’re a big fan of leggings , consider pairing a black pair with long tunics during the spring, or wearing them under dresses and skirts in fall and winter.

What are the Best Shoes to Wear in Ireland?

Based on reader recommendations, we suggest tall boots for winter and wedges for summer; other styles can be used interchangeably throughout the year.

Depending on the weather, flat ankle boots , boat shoes, or driving mocs are other top recommendations amongst our readers. They’re classic options and make the perfect alternative to ballet flats, especially if you need a little more room for soft insoles.

Here are the best travel shoes for Ireland in warm weather:

  • Flat walking sandal
  • Slip-on sneakers

Here are the best travel shoes for Ireland in cool weather:

  • Ankle boots

Dublin Travel Tips

Before you head on your tour of Dublin , check out these frequently asked questions on traveling to Dublin.

What’s the best time of year to visit Dublin?

While summer offers perfect temperatures, it’s also the busiest time of year for visiting Dublin and Ireland in general. For this very reason, many experts say spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Ireland because the temperatures are still comfortable but there are fewer tourists.

Weather in Dublin

In spring, you can expect cool, mild weather in the high 40s to mid 50s F, while summer sees temperatures up to high 60s. July and August are the warmest months and see around 18 hours of daylight.

In September, temperatures start to drop, but are still comfortable in the high 50s and low 60s. In winter, temperatures drop to the 40s, with January and February the coldest months of the year. Temperatures can drop below freezing but snow isn’t common.

Never travel without checking the weather forecast as this will be your ultimate Ireland packing list guide. Remember that each city will have its own weather pattern so check the forecast for all the destinations you plan to visit.

Use websites such as Accuweather or Holiday Weather for advanced forecasts and don’t forget to check the weather one week and three days before your trip as mother nature doesn’t run on a tight schedule.

What are the best accommodations in Dublin?

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I prefer to book “the entire home” instead of opting for shared accommodation on Airbnb. Aside from safety, I also like to feel like I’m living in the destination. It’s a small taste of local life plus you get more amenities than you would at a hotel such as a kitchen and washing machine.

Read these Airbnb tips for more info!

If you prefer the convenience and comfort of a hotel room, I like using both Agoda.com and Hotels.com . Tip: Hotels.com gives you a free night for every ten nights you book!

For hostels, we recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers . Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.

Not sure about staying at a hostel? Read this.

Transportation in Ireland

For flights, I like booking through Travelocity or Cheapoair (whichever one’s cheapest). Although I prefer Travelocity because they have a 24 hour money back guarantee.

To maximize your vacation time, fly into the city where you’re starting your trip and out of the city where your trip ends. Many times it’s the same price and saves you from having to spend extra time and money to go back to where you started your trip.

How do I get around Dublin?

Like London, Dublin is easy to travel around. The city offers a coastal train, the DART, you can jump on to visit towns and villages along the coast. The public bus has an extensive network so you can travel throughout the city and suburbs. There’s also the Luas tram system and bicycle hires throughout the city.

The Irish people, regardless of the weather, are perhaps some of the friendliest and most genuine you will ever meet. They will be more than happy to help should you need directions or anything else.

Things to Do in Dublin

Dublin is one of the most amazing cities to visit because there are so many beautiful sites to take in. Follow our recommendations before you travel to Dublin .

What are the best sites in Dublin to see?

  • Dublin Castle
  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Abbey Theatre

Looking for authenticity? There are countless historic pubs in the city such as Temple Bar and Johnnie Foxes; both are worth a visit. Don’t forget the famous Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Brewery.

What are the best tours in Dublin?

Some travelers prefer the guidance of professionals for planning their trip. If you’re a fan of tours, check out these top tours for Dublin.

  • Rick Steves’ Tours
  • Secret Food Tours
  • Irish Day Tour
  • Wild Rover Tours

The hop-on-and-off bus is a great way to explore the city; the driver’s commentary is amusing and animated. The tour is in English, but there is the option to listen on headphones in a variety of other languages, if you prefer.

Where’s the best shopping in Dublin?

When visiting Dublin, don’t forget about its many shopping malls and popular shopping areas, including Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green. If you are looking for a shop that will meet all your clothing needs at a reasonable price, then head to Penney’s. They tend to keep up with the latest trends and stock just about everything. Another fantastic and affordable shop is Bershka, which tends to be stylish for young adults.

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Safety is a big concern whenever you travel, and in busy, touristy areas like Dublin, pickpocketing can be a common occurrence. Taking a few safety precautions can help you feel less stressed during your travels.

How can I stay safe while traveling in Dublin?

Be cautious about where you stash your cash so you don’t fall prey to muggings and pickpocketing. Make your clothing theft-proof and choose items with strong zippers.

Jeans are handy for this reason: you can put important items, like your wallet and phone, in your front pockets, where it’s very difficult for a wandering hand to snatch it. Add items like the Secret Bra Pocket and Underwear with Pockets to your packing list.

And be mindful of purse snatchers! They either slash the bottom of your bag so the content fall out or slash the strap. Wear your purse strap across your body and the zipper towards the front. For extra security, check out the “theft-proof” bags featured in this post about crossbody purses .

These are articles with other suggested anti-theft products:

  • Money Belts and Anti-theft Accessories
  • Best Anti-theft Bags for Women
  • 6 Tools to Protect Your From Pickpockets in Europe

Remember, the safest place for your passport is locked in your accommodation. Carry a photocopy or other ID when you’re sightseeing or are out at night.

Read these tips on how to keep your passport safe when you travel!

Suggested Anti-Theft Accessories for Dublin

  • Bra stash , neck pouch , or money belt with RFID protection
  • Anti-theft crossbody bag
  • Passport case
  • TSA-approved luggage lock
  • Clothing with hidden pockets (like underwear , tops , and scarves )

Key Takeaways:

  • In general, day-to-day European style is more dressy than American style, but this does not mean business clothing. A nice blouse and well-tailored denim is a timeless uniform that can work in Dublin just as well as any other part of Europe.
  • Ultimately, choose comfortable, classic clothing that will transcend trends so you can look back at the pictures from your trip with fond memories.
  • With shoes, always choose comfort over fashion as you’ll spend long hours on your feet – don’t forget to break them in!
  • Elevators are not prevalent in local accommodation; be prepared to lift your own luggage up many flights of stairs and steep cobblestone hills.
  • Avoid oversized, heavy luggage if you plan to use trains, buses, or budget flights as storage space is limited. You should be able to maneuver through train stations (and trains) with ease.
  • Pickpockets are prevalent in all tourist cities, be aware of your surroundings and be practical about your belongings.
  • ALWAYS check the weather before you travel.

What are your tips on what to wear in Ireland?

Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:

Suggested travel resources:

  • Lonely Planet Europe on a shoestring
  • Lonely Planet Ireland (Country Guide)
  • Travel Shoes for Europe
  • The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
Please read our Ultimate  Packing List for Europe  featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.

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79 comments.

Megan

This is the perfect list for my trip next year to Ireland! 🙂

Tania Stende

My husband and I are going to Ireland in April. We are very excited and your advice is much appreciated!

Irma Alcazar

Great list! I’d love to visit one day

Lyn Stoecker

The shoes tips are especially helpful. Thanks, so much

Valerie Hornstein

What wonderful ideas! Hope to add Ireland to my travel itinerary soon! Happy Anniversary TFG!

Amy Nevills

Great list of pared down essentials for my spring trip to Scotland!

Catherine

I’ve been studying this list for my trip in September. I love your site!!

Lauren

This is so helpful, I will be in Ireland for a few months and this gives me such a better Idea of what clothes to take for the different seasons while I will be there. Also what to pack to make my wardrobe most efficient. Thanks so much.

ANNMARIE Tull

I’m from Ireland, best thing is to wear layers. This will keep you warmer in the winter but will let you cool off when it’s warm in the summer months. You just never know when it’s going to get cold in the summer months.

Emily

need more clothes!!!!

Alex

Hi Emily, thanks for reaching out! What sort of clothes are you looking for?

Nicole

Are belt bags ok to wear in Ireland? The cute ones that are trending to wear crossbody right now are what I mean. Thanks! 🙂

Hi Nicole, a belt bag is a great versatile option for Ireland, but it would depend on what your activities you had planned were. They are convenient and a safe option for your valuables. If you are looking for some suggestions, you may find this article helpful: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/cross-body-purses-the-best-travel-shoulder-bags-for-women/ Hope this helps. Have an amazing trip to Ireland!

Annie

Great article! My mother & I are planning a trip this September. I don’t think I can pack everything suggested in a carry on due to the amount of space boots take up. We are coming from the US, should I take the chance to check in a larger suitcase?

Hi Annie, so pleased you enjoyed the article!! Packing carry-on is not always the ultimate goal, it is about its about packing and traveling in a way that works best for you, so if you feel you need to check a suitcase then go ahead. Also if you are worried about your boots taking up lots of space in your luggage, then could you not possible wear them on the flight to travel in. We recommend that always try to wear your heaviest or bulkiest shoes on the plane; it may be your boots. You can always slip them off and put on a pair of cozy socks for the flight. Hope this helps. Have an amazing trip to Ireland with your mum!! 🙂

heidi bolnick

Heading to Ireland 8/29 through 9/13/18. I’ve packed 2 pr jeans, 2 long Columbia hiking pants also, and some Columbia light tshirt (cotton and wicking) for the day trips to wear and then layering a thin jacket for warmth and following up with a Columbia rain coat. For off days and touring in Dublin again have casual short sleeve shirts along with a denim shirt or light jacket to stay warm and using rain jacket again. Am I packing too light for this timeframe? Do you think I need to add extra warmth? Even my night outfit for dinner shows is sleeveless top with thin dress pants, but also have a sweater. Just need extra insight if I’m packing too light as I’m not wanting to over pack like I tend to do! This was very helpful but since my trip is towards end of summer and beginning of fall I don’t know if I’ve packed to lightly.

Hi Heidi, that all sounds fantastic, just make sure you pack a warm jumper just incase! Check the weather forecast a few days before you leave to get the most accurate info to ensure you have packed the most appropriate clothing and shoes! You may find this post helpful about expecting the unexpected: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/packing-for-ireland-in-the-summer/ Hope this helps! 🙂

Rosamund

Ireland is cold in spring, autumn and winter, which is why we wear Aran sweaters. We don’t wear wellingtons all year round! As the summer temperatures are lower than mainland Europe long sleeved tops are needed even in summer.

Hi Rosamund, thank you for sharing your recommendation for Aran sweaters and your advice for what to wear in Ireland! 🙂

Barb

I am planning a trip 7/20-7/29. I will be landing in Dublin, heading to Doolin, Galway, Westport and fling out of Shannon. This was very helpful thank you. Just trying to figure out the hairdryer situation. I bought a bag of adapters but read that you must have a travel hair dryer that switches from 110 to220 and have been googling for one. I haven’t been able to figure out exactly what hairdryer I should purchase to bring.

Hi Barb, thank you for your lovely comment, so glad you found the article useful!! Have a look at this TFG article which explains about travel adapters: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/voltage-converter-vs-travel-adapter-how-do-they-work/ Also have a look at this one for some ideas for travel hair dryers: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/travel-blow-dryer/ Hope these help! Have a fantastic trip to Ireland! 🙂

helen morningstar

Hello. I am ttravelling in November with my son and daughter and my year old grandaughter. Keeping the baby warm is a priority. Do airbnbs have good heating and porta cots as a rule. Love the article thanks Helen

Hi Helen, so pleased you found this article helpful! ? The best advice would be to contact the airbnb directly to ask them about their heating arrangements. I would also highly suggest that you join our TFG facebook group and post your question there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ Its a fabulous community of helpful female travelers that have the best advice and recommendations to share. Hope you have an amazing time! ?

Kimberly Finn

Thank you for your advice! We are going to be travelling Ireland in early September this year and I really want to pack only the essentials. (I plan on shopping when I get there!!)

Hi Kimberly, thank you for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed the article! Have a fantastic trip to Ireland! 🙂

Venniewhenny

Hey Alex, great blog! I was just wondering what brand of jacket that is that you have posted in 2 different photo collages, the long dark beige rain coat/trench coat. I realize it may be out of stock now, I’m just curious of the brand. Thank!

Hi Vennie, thank you so much for your feedback! Unfortunately the product sold out some time ago so we are not sure of the brand. You could take a look at this tfg article on trench coats for some more ideas: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/trench-coat-outfits/ Sorry we couldn’t have been more helpful!

Nancy

Thank you for sharing your seasonal capsule suggestions to help me efficiently pack for the variable weather conditions I can expect in Ireland within a single day! Your footwear suggestions have been especially helpful! As a self-professed over-packer; I look forward to following your guidance as I wander the Emerald Isle later this summer!

Mitzi

I’m 66 yrs old. Going to Ireland in April. Do ladies wear maxi dresses.

Hi Mitizi, the clothing suggested is not always to everyone’s personal style and choice, so it is up to you how you take the ideas presented in the visual packing list and make it work for you. Also this is a helpful guide that explains more about how to use our packing lists, https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/how-to-use-the-travel-fashion-girl-packing-lists-and-guides/ Hope this helps 🙂

Wendy Duncan

Thanks for the ideas for packing my bag for when I go to Ireland the end of next month.

Sherri

So your trip was September of last year? My husband and I are going this September. Did you find anything you needed not listed or too much? Any can’t miss suggestions? We are only doing carry on backpacks and staying airbnb with laundry available.

Julie McKee

I’ll be in Ireland next week! This is great practical outfit advice. Thank you!

alex

Thanks Julie, have a great trip!

Christy

My husband, toddler and I will be traveling to Northern Ireland for Christmas Holiday this year. Your blog was my first stop for tips as we plan to have only carry-on luggage.

Thank you for all your work in putting together the capsule wardrobes! I do not like being weighed down by lots of stuff so this post and your packing posts fuel me with confidence that only carry-on is possible.

I am doing lots of reading on international travel tips + tips for travel with a toddler. 🙂

All the best, Christy @thechristykay

Thank you Christy that’s incredible! Congratulations on such a challenging achievement. I can’t wait to hear about your trip. Have a great time ?

Sharon

My brother and I are going to Ireland hopefully next year for my birthday are dresses appropriate

Laura Lucas

Heading to Ireland & Scotland in 4 weeks! This was extremely helpful!

Have fun Laura!

Kat

I don’t recommend packing an umbrella – it will be broken by wind in 15 min. Better take waterproof jacket with a hood.

alex

Thanks for the input Kat! Happy travels!

Laura Maguire

We are 4 people traveling, a hip mom, 2 teenage sons and a husband who needs help w fashion. It’s good info to hear about the umbrella situation. I’ve been pushing them on my 3 men for days as we leave tomorrow. Now that I read your comment I’ll feel confident that me having only ONE SMALL travel wind resistant umbrella will suffice for us all. We will be heading westward for most of our trip so one umbrella could come in handy. I’ll only know if it’s so after the trip. Thanks for all your input all you travel girls on this site I just accidentally stumbled upon but am so happy I Did!! All I’ve read here makes me feel confident in my choices and confident I’ll be prepared WITHOUT OVER PACKING. It’s my biggest issue when traveling.

Hope you have a wonderful trip Laura!

Elisha Huff

Hi! can you elaborate more on what a “versatile sleep set” is? Maybe some examples or links? Thank you 🙂

Hi Elisha, many TFG readers wonder why I never include pajamas in the packing lists. The answer is that they are not part of the essential capsule wardrobe items. I count them as extra pieces of clothing. Ideally, the pieces you choose also can be worn for other activities — not just sleeping.

For example on one, 2 week trip to Europe in the summer I packed a tank top and shorts. And then on anther occasion when I headed out on my Utah road trip, I packed a merino wool tee that I used as a stand alone item, used for layering when the temperatures got a bit chilly and I also used it for sleeping and long drive days: https://amzn.to/3rV6KlI

This t-shirt performed well for me. I could rewear it without washing, and it doesn’t absorb smells. I did wash it one day on the trip, and it did dry overnight without a problem.

Here’s what our readers said they pack for sleepwear when traveling: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/best-travel-pajamas-for-women/

Hope this helps!

Mary McCullough

Love your site and all your suggestions

beccleoo

I’m chaperoning a Spring Break trip to Ireland this March and my goal is to have the lightest, yet still super fashionable, carry-on. This is a great help for getting there!!

That’s awesome, hope the trip went great!

Adeline

Thank you, you’re a life saver!

Travel Fashion Girl

Thanks for reading Adeline!

Brenna

The what to wear in Autumn examples have been so helpful for my upcoming trip in October. I would never have thought of a flannel shirt but they are much more stylish than a few years ago.

Glad you found them useful 🙂

Abigail dowell

Thanks for this! I’m heading to Dublin this summer for the first time!

You’re welcome Abigail! That sounds so exciting 🙂 Have a great time!

ViVi

This is the most helpful post I have come across for my trip to Ireland! I’m going this June and I’m still trying to figure out if I could bring a (faux) leather jacket in place of a raincoat. Any advice?

Thanks Vivi! You could definitely bring your faux leather jacket but not sure if it could replace the raincoat completely. It all depends on your activities (will you be outdoors, in the countryside, in the city, etc). Make sure to check the weather http://www.bbc.com/weather/ before you travel. Have a great trip!

Becky D

I went to Ireland the end of April into May. All I can say is layer, layer, layer. It can be pretty cool outside because of the wind and rain, but the restaurants and shops are warm so I tended to get overheated when inside. My rain jacket was an everyday item, but I could take it off or leave it in the bus when we made stops. Loved Ireland, 2 weeks weren’t enough.

Hi Becky, thank you so much for sharing your travel tips with me! Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! 🙂

Claire

Hi Alex! I’m studying abroad in Ireland from mid-June to the end of July; I’ll be traveling to Cork, Doolin, Galway, and Dublin. Since I’ll be gone for about five weeks, what do you suggest I pack? We’re allowed to bring a regular-sized suitcase and a carry-on. Also, we will be hiking a few times. Would Hunter ankle boots be appropriate to bring? Thanks!

Hi Claire 🙂 This sounds like a really exciting trip! Have you taken a look at our 10 step packing guide for studying abroad? http://bit.ly/24kjiOT Ensure your footwear is comfortable! Also check out the guide on the best shoes for walking http://bit.ly/1rOuabK

Melissa C.

This is amazing!!! Heading to Ireland in June.

Thank you! Have a great trip!

Witt

I was trying to find the hooded rain jacket that you have listed in the Dublin winter packing list. The link doesn’t look anything like the picture

Hi Witt, items get sold out so we try to replace them with similar items whenever possible. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Andrew

Hi i would like to check if i go for a trip to dublin on dec 2015. Is there cold? And will it snow?

Hi Andrew, I’d say it will probably be freezing and there might be snow. Best thing to check weather.com for the forecast right before you go but do expect cold. These might help you: https://travelfashiongirl.com/best-thermal-underwear-for-women/ They have the same for men, too!

Mollie

Thanks so much, excellent post! My guy and I are planning on a trip to Ireland in the spring so this is greatly appreciated. I absolutely HATE going somewhere new and looking out of place in a touristy way. Thanks again! 🙂

One of the readers sent me a picture from her trip to Ireland and she flew with one carry-on and handbag while her guy had a bag twice the size. Hope this list helps you as much as her. Dress warmly!

Jen

This was the best help yet, I leave for Dublin next week and have been nuts about what to pack!

Great, glad to help!

Jody Halsted

I found the mention of avoiding tracksuits funny because the majority of young men in Dublin (and around Ireland) wear trackpants. It was so common, that my college-aged cousin commented on it.

great, thanks for the tip!

c

Yeah that is so true! I studied abroad in dublin so I was there for some time, and I can’t say I was impressed with the amount of tracksuit pants and the like – especially from the guys! People there also have a curious fixation on abercrombie and fitch and hollister. So if you want to look like a local, wear a hoodie with either brand written as boldly as possible and you’ll fit right in hehe! Of course there still are many people dressed fashionably, or at least in jeans as well! The girls are generally pretty fashionable. When people go out and things they get pretty dressed up and everything though. Still would not exactly call it a fashion oriented city in comparison to many others though…

alex

Great, thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

Tasha

Went to Ireland in 2019 and found the packing advice so helpful. Thank you for providing us with the resources for making travel less stressful and more fun. Going to Italy in November. Travel fashion girl is a true Gem!

KTW

I really don’t know what a trackstuit is or track shoes. Do you mean tennis shoes and sweats? When I think of a tracksuit, I think of the slick 90s pants. Do they still wear those?

Track suits are probably what you’re thinking about and track shoes are trainers 🙂 I’ve gone ahead and edited these terms so it’s not so confusing. Thanks!

Nikki

Great List and she’s described Ireland well. Being from Ireland I’d agree on the tracksuits and having lived in Wales, Scotland and the USA. I’d say Ireland is by far dressier at night. So I’d recommend a couple more dressy tops as people get dressed up even for a quiet drink mid week. In Dublin, at the weekends dresses are mainly worn by women and men should have shoes as some bars and clubs will not allow people in in trainers

Thank you for your local tips Nikki!

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How to see more of Ireland on a budget

Mar 31, 2024 • 6 min read

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Read on for expert tips to make your money go further in Ireland © davidf / Getty Images

By most European standards, Ireland can be quite expensive. Accommodation and food are generally priced at the upper end of the scale, which means a sizeable daily budget is needed.

However, there are plenty of ways to make your money go further during your visit to Ireland, and if you are travelling on a tight-ish budget, I have a host of cost-saving tips that will help you enjoy the best of what the country has to offer without missing out on the very best experiences.

Here’s a few tips that will help stretch your budget while visiting Ireland. 

Daily Costs

  • Hostel room: €40-€70 (€50-€120 in Dublin)
  • Basic room for two: €80-€100 (€100-€150 in Dublin)
  • Self-catering apartments (including Airbnb): €150-€250
  • Public transport ticket: €3.60
  • Coffee: €3-€5
  • Sandwich: €4-€8
  • Dinner for two: €150
  • Beer/pint at the bar:  €6-€9
  • Average daily cost: €150- € 250

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Know the cheapest time to go to Ireland

Peak season – May and August – is the most expensive time to visit, so you can make considerable savings travelling to Ireland outside of those months. Winter (except for Christmas) is when flight costs and accommodation rates are at their lowest, but you’ll likely encounter the worst weather and a lot of seasonal closures, especially along the west coast.

The ideal time to visit is during the shoulder season, especially in autumn (spring has St Patrick’s Day and Easter, which are typically busy and popular), when the crowds have dwindled, prices drop (especially for accommodation) and the weather can be surprisingly good.

Check the cheapest way to get there

Ireland is an island, so the vast majority of arrivals come by air. Dublin is the most popular arrival point, but if you’re coming from North America, flights into Shannon Airport are usually cheaper. For arrivals from Europe, Irish-based Ryanair is Europe’s largest airline, with dozens of cheap flights into Dublin and Cork from most major European cities. Cheaper still is the ferry. There are ferry ports in Dublin, Rosslare and Belfast , serving arrivals from the UK , France and Spain . A typical Sail & Rail ticket between London and Dublin can cost as little as €20.

Tourist bus traveling on mountain road. Ring of Kerry, Ireland.

Public transport is a good option to get around

Ireland has a pretty extensive network of public and private buses that are the most affordable way to travel. Transport for Ireland is a handy route planner for all public transport services across the country, including buses; in rural areas, Local Link services are a convenient way of exploring the local surroundings.

How to save money on attractions

Many attractions offer discounted rates if you buy tickets online in advance. You can also buy visitor passes that include entry to a number of attractions, such as the Dublin Pass. The Heritage Card includes free entry to all Office of Public Works–managed sites; it can be a good deal depending on how many spots you plan to visit.

There’s free entry to the four museums that make up the National Museum of Ireland (three branches in Dublin and one, the Museum of Country Life , in County Mayo), the National Gallery in Dublin, the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Where to find good, cheap eats 

In bigger towns and cities with a large working population, many restaurants offer lunch deals that usually include a starter and a main course; a lot of Asian restaurants serve bento boxes as part of their lunch deals. Many restaurants also provide early bird menus that usually run between 5pm and 7pm; the menu is more limited but can offer considerable savings compared to the standard evening a la carte menu.

Early Table is an excellent online service that allows you to book an early sitting in restaurants across the country. You need to buy credit with them but the savings are considerable, usually up to 50% of the regular price of the meal.

Late evening sunlight on colourful waterfront houses in Galway City.

How to get good value accommodation in Ireland

Accommodation will likely be the heftiest part of your travel budget. However, as many hotels use booking engines that operate dynamic pricing (which means rates go up and down depending on demand), early booking can often result in some very good deals. Calling a hotel directly – especially at the last minute – can also result in getting a better price than the one quoted on a website.

The traditional B&B was long the backbone of the Irish accommodation industry, and while many have been superseded by a glut of midrange hotels, they still offer surprisingly good value for money – with a home-cooked breakfast thrown in for good measure. Another option for savings on accommodation is to travel in the off-season, when rates are typically lower.

Find out where to join a free walking tour in Ireland

There are a handful of free walking tours that only expect a tip. Yellow Umbrella Tours operates free, thematic tours in Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Galway. Sandemans offers free tours across many European cities including Dublin, where it has a standard walking tour as well as an evening haunted tour, which explores the darker stories of the capital.

Traditional folk musicians in the Cobblestone pub in Ireland

The best entertainment in Ireland for the price of a drink is...

Irish traditional music is Western Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic folk music. It is played all over the country, mostly in traditional pub "sessions", where many of the world’s very best players in the genre will showcase their remarkable skills…at no cost to the public. All you need to do is show up, buy a drink and settle in to enjoy.

How to visit heritage sites for free

Unless you invest in a Heritage Card, visiting OPW (Office of Public Works; the government agency that manages Ireland’s heritage sites) attractions can add up. However, try to time your visit for the first Wednesday of the month, when a large number of sites waive their entry charges as part of Free Wednesday . 

How to ride the train for cheap in Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the Sunday Fun Day Tracker ticket gives passengers unlimited train travel on a Sunday for £9 (£4.50 for children). Tickets are available from all ticket offices, the mlink ticketing app and from the train conductor.

A very excited young boy looks out of a train window in Dublin Ireland

Take advantage of the transport fare cap

If you’re planning to explore the region surrounding Dublin, you will save money by using public transport, which has instituted a fare cap on travel to some of the region’s commuter towns across counties Kildare, Meath and Louth. Standard single fares to/ from Dublin to a host of towns is fixed at €6.

Invest in a Leap card for public transport in Dublin

If you're going to use public transport in Dublin, be sure to get a Leap card  – a tap on, tap off card (similar to London’s Oyster Card) – which reduces fares by around 10% compared to cash and eliminates the hassle of having to provide exact change when buying a ticket. Leap cards can be bought in most convenience stores. Topping up is a cinch: you can do it at train stations, Luas stops and at all convenience stores that sell them. You can also download the Leap top-up app for NFC-enabled iPhone 7 (or above) and Android phones. You then hold the card to the back of the phone and it’ll display your balance and options to add value.

Keep planning the trip of a lifetime in Ireland:

  • Start that Ireland bucketlist with our list of the  top things to do . 
  • Have wheels, will travel: here are the best  road trips  to tackle in Ireland. 
  • Get outside and into the great outdoors in Ireland with these top walks .
  • Read on for when's the  best time to go to Ireland.
  • Get off the beaten track with this guide to where locals holiday in Ireland. 

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Jamie Dornan says filming his Netflix show The Tourist in Ireland was 'a dream'

J amie Dornan said it was 'a dream' to shoot the second season of his hit show The Tourist in Ireland. The Co Down native, who plays an Irishman in the Netflix series, hadn't filmed at home in years and said he had "sort of forgotten" how beautiful the country is.

"The first day of shooting we were in Kilpedder in Co Wicklow , and I was walking through the trees and the worst rain I think I've ever seen came in and I thought, this is what it's like to film in Ireland," he said. "I had sort of forgotten it being three or four years since I filmed here but Ireland is beautiful.

"We predominantly filmed in Dublin and Wicklow, but we've managed to travel a little bit outside of there and got to showcase what a beautiful place Ireland is. Working with an Irish crew having the same sort of sense of humour has been great. It's been a dream to shoot here."

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The Tourist is written and produced by English brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who said they wanted to move the series away from its original location to expand the story, which follows an Irish tourist named Elliott (Dornan) who wakes up in Australia with amnesia.

"We wanted to move it to a different country because we felt we had done Australia and none of Elliot’s history is from there. In series two we are asking where did he come from?" said Harry Williams.

The season has many Irish characters and themes, including feuding families, lots of rain and green hills, and a monologue about sausages from Danielle Macdonald, who plays the role of Helen.

A native Australian, Macdonald thought Co Wicklow was "stunningly beautiful". She said "The locations really become a character in the series, and you'll find Ireland is a big part of series two which will draw people in. "

Dornan, an executive producer on the show, also hopes the new location will appeal to audiences. He said: "I find, having left Ireland 22 years ago and travelled pretty much everywhere since, there's a real intrigue with Ireland.

"People are just fascinated by Ireland, and I feel like everybody sort of has a bit of a love for the place and the people. Usually if they've been here, they think of it and speak of it very fondly. So hopefully that's a big appeal, we're showcasing Ireland in a big way with loads of Irish talent and some very funny Irish people."

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