If you are thinking of holidaying in Ireland this year, I can’t recommend the Dingle Peninsula enough. Even if scenery isn’t your thing then it’s worth heading down there for the shopping. Maybe it’s the beauty of the local area but the whole place seems to be spilling over with creativity, and not just in design. There are many fantastic artisan food producers as well.
My two favourites are “On the wild side” from Kilcummin outside Castlegregory on the Dingle peninsula, I know their smoked salmon very well from their stall in the Milk Market here in Limerick, but they do fantastic chorizo and pickled seaweed also. Unfortunately I can’t find a website for them. You can’t mention Dingle without the ever popular Murphy’s Ice-cream Popular for a reason, by the way, a very yummy reason. They not only have a website, but they also have a fantastic blog.
So if you can tear yourself away from the food for long enough here are some shops that you should check out.
Kathleen McAuliffe designs and hand makes hats, accessories and jewellery, which can all be found in her store on Main Street Dingle. She also carries a complimentary collection of accessories and clothing from the likes of Philip Treacy and Orla Kiely. I visited her shop the last time I was in Dingle and had to be dragged out of the shop kicking and screaming. Sobs of “but I want it” could be heard all the way home in the car. Anyway, if like me, visiting the shop might be too much for you, try browsing on the website instead, just hide your credit card first.
More beautiful jewellery from Brian de Staic who can be found on Green Street, Dingle. My favourites from the website are on the expensive side but they also carry a range of more affordable pieces, like the ogham range.
Here are the “less affordable but so pretty” items on my wishlist.
And if you fancy purchasing something beautiful for your home (or for someone else’s home) you should visit Louis Mulcahys. Louis has his pottery workshop near Clogher beach just outside Ballyferriter and his wife’s weavings can be found at her shop on Main Street in Dingle Town.
These conical ceiling lamps are a personal favourite of mine
along with these tea pots
You can find these tea pots in the brown and blue ranges in Carraig Donn at the moment for half price. Rumour has it those lines are being discontinued.
From Lisbeths collection I am seriously coveting her Alpaca throw in white.