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As the old Irish saying goes, a hundred thousand welcomes to The Irish Store community.
We have been in business since 1987, delivering Irish made goods to our American cousins, people of Irish ancestry and fans of Ireland around the world. All of us have one thing in common - a passion for all things Irish.
It was my Grandmother, Kitty O’ Shea, who inspired me to set up shop.
Kitty was born in Macroom, in Co Cork in 1900.
She moved to Dublin to be with her childhood sweetheart and chose not to follow the typical path for a woman in Ireland at that time which would have been to become 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 Dublin city in 1920. She strongly believed in supporting local producers. When I visited her shop to help her every Saturday, I always saw the same faces in the shop, week in week out. Granny was more than the woman who sold her customers their newspapers, eggs and bread; she was their friend and confidant. Kitty 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 at The Irish Store we curate the best of Irish products online but for us, the secret of success remains the same as it was for Kitty; a passion for customer service combined with a commitment to nurturing and promoting local designers and creators of quality Irish products.
We have created a place where our community all over the world can purchase authentic Irish products and be comfortable in the knowledge that all of our products are designed in Ireland. Many of our products are made from Irish materials such as the very rare and unique Connemara marble, Irish Merino wool Aran sweaters, Mullingar Pewter watches and fine Irish linen.
We curate products from all over Ireland showcasing the unique talents of local artists, designers and craftsmen.
We strive each day to provide a world-class online shopping experience, as well as a sense of community.
I’m very aware that none of this is possible without your continued loyalty and support, which I very much appreciate. We look forward to sharing the next exciting chapter of The Irish Store journey with you. We’ve also been on a busy countrywide search to bring you some stunning new lines, from beautiful Aran knits to handmade Celtic jewelry. We decided earlier this year that it was time for a whole new look. After months of planning, preparing and listening to your valuable feedback, we’re thrilled with the results and we can’t wait to share our exciting new store.
I’d love to know what you think of our new look so please do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.
Thank you for choosing to shop with The Irish Store.
Go raibh míle maith agat! (Thank you very much)
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