The best souvenirs you can buy in Ireland

When visiting a place like Ireland, the memories of the places you’ve visited will not be enough when you go home. It’s practically impossible to visit Ireland without buying some souvenirs for your family, friends, or yourself. What’s special about Irish souvenirs is that they are all over the place (you can hardly find a decently-sized village without a tourist information center that has souvenirs galore), and because it’s enough to take one look at them so realize that they are Irish. Want to impress your loved ones after your trip to Eire? Here are the best souvenirs you can buy in Ireland.

Aran sweaters

If you visited the breath-taking Aran Islands, here’s something to remind you of them – Aran sweaters, a traditional pattern made in Aran for fishermen (to identify the bodies washed up on the shore in case they drown). Each family used to have their own patterns, so like with Scottish tartan, you could know a person’s family history just by looking at his or her clothes. You can find these at most souvenir shops in Ireland, in synthetic fabric or real, Aran wool.

Shamrock seeds

Of course, shamrock is as common as dirt in Ireland, which does not mean that it cannot be marketed to eager tourists. Selling shamrock seeds is definitely not a sham – how else could you make shamrock grow on your front lawn? Shamrock seeds can be found at virtually every souvenir shop, but if you only want a couple of shamrocks to take with you, you can find pressed shamrocks encased in glass and other similar souvenirs too.

Whiskey or other spirits

Bushmills is the most famous Irish whiskey (and one of the most expensive too), but there are lots of local distilleries whose brands you can buy, and even sample. If plain whiskey is not your thing, you can try some of the sweet whiskey based liqueurs, such as Bailey’s, Saint Brendan’s or some other kind of Irish cream.


photo by Hinnerk Ruemenapf

Bodhrans are traditional Irish drums usually made of goatskin and wood (synthetic skins are sometimes used too). The bodhran has been part of Irish culture for centuries (it was used as a battle drum in the 1603 rebellion already), but it is believed to have been originated from an ancient Celtic type of drum.

A bit of Blarney Stone

Even if you haven’t managed to kiss the Blarney Stone and make a wish at Blarney Castle, you can now take home with you a piece of the famous stone. It’s not really chipped off the stone from the castle, but taken instead from the same quarry as its more famous counterpart – that’s as close as you can get to owning you own personal Blarney stone.

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