May 21, 2024


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15 Irish Businesses I’ve Tried and Tested –

15 Irish Businesses I've Tried and Tested -

Previous 12 months, I set with each other a list of Irish suppliers from whom I’ve acquired and tried and analyzed items – I’m introducing a several far more to it this calendar year, as the inclination to try out to guidance neighborhood enterprises continues. There’s nothing at all like a crisis to deliver men and women with each other, and it’s heartening to see the exertion people today have been creating to obtain Irish, support community corporations, and distribute the word about wonderful Irish items all over again this yr.

There are amazing present guides out there from bloggers and in newspapers and publications, and this is my little contribution – a present guidebook with just 15 Irish sellers, but all men and women or enterprises I’ve purchased from. So it is brief, but they are all private suggestions, and all products I have beloved.

Queen B Athletics

For magnificent, smooth sweatshirts in shiny colors, and for leggings, athletics bras, and t-shirts, you simply cannot go mistaken with Irish apparel organization Queen B Athletics. Owned and run by two sisters from Carrigaline, Co. Cork, Queen B clothing is exciting and functional and reasonably priced. Comply with them on Instagram (@QueenBAthletics ) to retain up to day with details on pop-up outlets, or test out their web site to get on-line. I have the Jessie sweatshirt and totally appreciate it. My sisters personal pretty substantially each individual other item they sell, like the hats, so I can attest to the superb high quality. (And I have my eye on the Anna sweatshirt in ice-blue, in scenario anybody is thinking what to acquire me for Christmas . . .)


I acquired my husband a “Damien’s Cheese” slate cheese board from Slated a pair of a long time back which was, inspite of the engraving, truly a existing for me also. Substantially cheese has been eaten from this board more than the final two a long time, and Slated have wonderful tableware and tea light-weight holders too. I went to faculty with Tara who, with her partner, operates Slated, and I’m usually delighted to assist this lovely business enterprise.

Slated Office Mum

Ger Holland Photography 

Ger Holland is a Dublin-primarily based photographer, initially from Galway, and she is routinely asked to photograph at literary functions in Ireland and over and above. Unfortunately, because February 2020, most literary events have experienced to shift online, but Ger is offering calendars and prints when we hold out for points to open up up again. I introduced a print of Seville from her last year, and it has pride of place on my eating space wall. Also, Ger is an absolutely next-to-none kind, lovely individual.

Ger Holland Office Mum Andrea Mara

Emily Rainsford Art

Emily Rainsford is a blogger close friend I to start with achieved 7 several years ago, and whilst I knew she painted, I did not realise right up until very last year that her paintings are for sale on Etsy. I fell in appreciate with the painting under when I noticed it, purchased it, and it arrived a number of times later in lovely packaging. Now all it requirements is a wonderful body and fifteen months afterwards, I have finally sent it off to do just that. (PS if you are in South Dublin, Fuji Blackrock are Astounding for any kind of  photo printing or framing and have superb cusotmer provider.)

Emily Rainsford Art - Andrea Mara Office Mum


I only found Dublin-based Jam Artwork Prints last 12 months (many thanks to my sister), and my daughter, who was looking about my shoulder at the time, requested for a print for Xmas. I determined to purchase one for my workplace too, and bought this just one:

There is a massive wide range of prints for sale on the web-site and supply was incredibly prompt. I will be back.


I have been a supporter of MaryK Jewellery  for the final several many years – an Irish designer promoting in regional outlets (like Halo Glasthule) and on-line. I’m building a assortment!

Mary K

Enjoy From Me is owned and run by Louise from Galway – an on the web jewellery retail outlet with beautiful items and frequent product sales. When I purchased the rose-gold bangle, it was minimized to 49 cents. I acquired 4 of them! Louise is beautiful, the jewellery arrives extremely immediately and is wonderfully packaged. If you’ve currently acquired all your gifts this yr, potentially you have to have a take care of for yourself?

Love From Me

Kinvara Skincare

In my ongoing quest to experiment with new skincare brand names and products, I a short while ago attempted Kinvara Skincare. I like their oil cleanser and will undoubtedly be back again to attempt a lot more. Quick delivery, charming packaging, would make a magnificent gift for anyone else or just for you…

Sculpted by Aimee

There is a Dunnes Suppliers that’s in going for walks length from me, and throughout lockdown, some of my several walks took me there, specifically to search via their skincare and make-up section. Which is below I learned Sculpted by Aimee – a make-up model launched in 2016 by Irish make-up artist Aimee Connolly. I acquired the concealer very first, as a moderately-priced option to the Bobby Brown concealer I ordinarily use, and more not long ago I bought the moisturiser/ primer. I’ll surely obtain both equally all over again, and supporting an Irish brand name is an additional reward. The goods are very prettily packaged and obtainable in Boots, pharmacies, Dunnes, and on line.

Sculpted by Aimee


I’d been setting up to acquire a good established of makeup brushes for a when when I listened to about NimaBrush. Owned by Dublin-primarily based makeup artist Niamh Martin, Nima is my new go-to put for make-up brushes. I purchased the Introduction Set a couple of months back, and I love applying them. Fantastic for the make-up lover in your lifetime.

Nima Brushes

Irish Whiskey Stone Enterprise

Browsing MagnumLady’s Craft gift guide last 12 months, I spotted Irish Whiskey Stones and determined to get their Father Ted stone “ice” cubes as a present for my father. They occur in a sweet tiny gift box, and are exactly what I’d envisioned, and there was a small sticker on the envelope expressing, “Thanks for supporting my small business”. This year, that’s what it’s all about.

Irish Whiskey Stones

Sheridan’s Cheese Hamper

When my sister’s would-be-marriage-date arrived about in April 2020, in our 1st couple months of lockdown, we desired to mark it in some way, so despatched a Sheridan’s hamper to her and her fiancé. Sheridans were outstanding to offer with (I desired to adjust shipping date) and the hamper appeared gorgeous. I just cannot convey to you how it tasted for the reason that my sister and her fiancé ate it all themselves – to be honest, we had been in deep lockdown and not allowed to see every single other. But our weekly grocery shopping address is Sheridan’s cheese from the counter in Dunnes, so I can certainly recommend. (Specially the chutney.)


Beekon is a honey refresher drink – as they say on their Instagram: Not a beer. Not a cider. Not a wine
No gluten, sulphites or additives. It was launched by an individual I know a pair of yrs back and it is been likely from toughness to energy thanks to her and her partner’s challenging operate and passion, and in no little aspect, thanks to how delicious the drinks style. You can invest in Beekon in several supermarkets and off-licences – in this article is a record of stockists. You can also purchase it by the case on the Beekon site. Consume responsibly! PS if you’re interested in acquiring a case online, Beekon have specified me a 10% price reduction code: OFFICEMUM

Skelligs chocolate

I found out Skelligs chocolate when we ordered some new doorways and on completion of the order, we were being given a box of Skelligs chocolates. They had been incredibly delicious – the joint-best candies I’ve ever had (see below for the other) and I deemed ordering far more doorways to get far more candies, nevertheless it is considerably less pricey to just get the chocolate specifically. Centered in Kerry, Skelligs have a thorough range available to get on the internet and from these stockists.

Skellig Chocolates - Office Mum

Lir chocolate

My other favourite chocolate is Lir. Disclaimer: Lir despatched me a hamper of chocolate three years in the past, and I became a faithful (having to pay) consumer as before long as the hamper was long gone. Their Salted Caramel Truffles are to die for and their Discovery Collection makes a extremely pretty and tasty present.

Lir Chocolate - Office Mum

Guides by Irish authors 

This final entry on the record isn’t about a single specific product or service or a single individual guide, but another way to obtain Irish is to give an individual a ebook created by an Irish writer. I will not test to advocate any individual textbooks right here as there are also quite a few, and I’m sure to leave somebody out, so rather I have additional a picture of some of the Irish books on my bookshelf in my bedroom – this is just a very small subset of the books by Irish authors obtainable from any bookshop.  I’ll by no means all over again consider browsing in a bookshop for granted.

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Books by Irish authors - Office Mum Andrea Mara

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