Reason 4: Shop in style

Hmm, what to do with all that money you’ve saved…Some shopping perhaps?

OK, if you like to shop there’s a chance you’ll spend some money in Ireland. Dublin’s fashion scene is varied! Grafton Street is a cobbled catwalk counting Sisley, Topshop and the old-time elegance of Brown Thomas among its shopping dens. Around the corner, the Powerscourt Shopping Centre boasts antiques and boutiques; Dublin Flea Market happens on the last Sunday of every month; and Project 51 is a designer collective where you’ll find ONLY original fashions. In Belfast, the Victoria Shopping Centre is a classy collection of high street stores while St George’s Market hosts approximately 150 traders under its walls trading in everything from art and antiques to pastries and paella. Out west, Galway city is a crafty corner gently packed with artisan boutiques and workshops tinkering away on everything from Claddagh rings to bone carvings. On the Dingle Peninsula, Danish weaver Lisbeth Mulcahy creates scarves with serious style while Foxford Woollen Mills in Mayo makes similar magic. For a shopping trip with a whisper of adventure, head for the elemental Aran Islands and pick up one of the eponymous sweaters. Trust us: pull on one of these west coast warmers and you’ll never be cold again.

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