Our Story

Céad Míle Fáilte!

As the old Irish saying goes, a hundred thousand welcomes to The Irish Store. We have been in business since 1987 delivering Irish made goods to our American cousins and people of Irish ancestry around the world who together share a passion for all things Irish. 

 

The Inspiration

It was my Grandmother Kitty O Shea that inspired me to set up shop. Kitty was born in Macroom, in Co Cork in 1900. She moved Dublin to be with her childhood sweetheart and chose not to fall into the typical role of a housewife. She was something of a pioneer (she was one of the first women in Ireland to drive a car!). Kitty decided to open her own shop on Dublin’s Merrion Row in the Georgian heart of the city in 1920. She strongly believed in supporting local producers. When I would go to help her every Saturday I would notice the same faces in the shop, week in week out. It was obvious that Granny was more than the woman who sold her customers their newspapers, eggs and bread. She was their friend and confidant. She opened three more shops and remained in business for over 60 years, refusing to retire until she was 82!

 

Times have certainly changed. Kitty sold sweets and newspapers in a quaint corner shop while I sell the best of Irish products in cyberspace but for me, the secret of success remains the same; a passion for customer service combined with a commitment to supporting and promoting local suppliers. I wanted to create a place where customers oversees, could purchase authentic Irish products and feel comfortable in knowing that what they order is designed in Ireland and many of them made from Irish materials such as the very rare and unique Connemara marble, or our Irish Merino wool Aran sweaters, our Mullingar Pewter watches or our fine Irish linen. We source products from all over Ireland showcasing the unique talents of local artist and craftsmen as well as selling top quality Irish brands to the USA and beyond.

 

We at The Irish Store work each day to provide a world-class online shopping experience, as well as a sense of community among Irish Americans and others of Irish ancestry. Visit our blog or facebook to join in and also show off your Gaelic roots among thousands of others. Our team continue to work effectively in bringing together ever more people looking to explore and celebrate their Irish heritage. Get acquainted with and meet the team at The Irish Store here.

 

Thank you for choosing to shop with The Irish Store, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us with any questions or queries you may have. 

Go raibh míle maith agat!


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USA Toll Free: 1-800-707-5037

Rest of World: +353 1 861 1590

 
lulus grandmother Kitty OShea
Lulu O Sullivan
Lulu and Granny

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