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To bring a little Dublin home with you, save room in your suitcase for the best in authentic Irish craftsmanship. Chunky cable-knitwear made from Aran wool is a sure bet to keep you toasty on your travels. These iconic sweaters are crafted off the west coast of Ireland in the Gaeilge-speaking Aran Islands, and are traditionally white or cream in color. With shops all over Ireland, Blarney Woollen Mills has the greatest variety by far. (Their flagship store in Blarney is billed as the largest source of Irish souvenirs in the world.)
If you’d rather keep the chill away with a dram, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive selection than at the Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street. With representatives from all the major Irish whiskey houses, including Jameson and Bushmills, you can also find liqueurs to recreate some killer coffee back home. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a bottle of poitín, or farmers’ moonshine, finally available through legal means. For a bit of a break, wait until the airport to browse Duty-Free before your departure.
Housewares more your thing? Belleek china, Waterford crystal and Newbridge silverware are all excellent choices to grace your table back home. All three have visitors’ centers within a few hours drive of Dublin if you’d like to venture farther afield, but Kilkenny on Nassau Street is an accessible hub of Irish design located just across from Trinity College.