Shop St Shopping in Galway

Galway city offers the best in local and international shopping.  There are several department stores in the heart of the city, each within easy walking distance, and a variety of retail and factory outlets, both in shopping centres as well as along the narrow medieval streets.  Best buys are Claddagh rings and jewellery, Aran sweaters, Tweeds, Irish linen, Galway Irish Crystal, Royal Tara China, Judy Greene Pottery and Connemara Marble items of jewellery.

Galway Crystal Galway Irish Crystal

A visit to the impressive Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre offers an excellent introduction to the Irish history and culture of the West of Ireland.  In the showroom, you will find their entire product range of traditionally crafted Irish lead Crystal, Belleek and Aynsley China.

Royal Tara China Royal Tara China Royal

Tara China is crafted in Tara Hall.  This historical 17th century mansion was once the home of the Joyce family and now hosts the world famous Royal Tara china. The extensive showroom houses an extensive range of handcrafted tableware and giftware.

Charlie Byrnes Charlie Byrne’s second hand book store

This book store is situated in Cornstore, Middle Street. They stock over 50,000 used, new and remaindered titles, ranging from popular fiction to art and archaeology. Also stocked are recently published titles by Local novelists and poets on local and national history.

Standuns Standun Store in Spiddal

On the coast road to Spiddal, this family run store stocks a large range of quality Irish products – Aran Sweaters, woollens, tweeds, linens, crystal, pottery, china and jewellery, including the famous Claddagh ring.  Also some of the most sought-after and influential Irish designers clothes to suit all the family are available.

Open Monday to Saturday  10am to 6pm

Judy Greene Judy Greene pottery

Judy Greene’s is located in Kirwan’s Lane in the heart of the city and offers a beautiful range of functional and decorative pots, vases and much more, for the home.

Connemara Marble Vase Connemara Marble Visitor Centre

Experience the skilled craftsmen at work, making jewellery and gifts from marble quarried at Streamstown, Connemara. The quarry is 500 million years old. The marble show tunsted and interlocking  bands of serpentine, in various shades of light green and dark green.

Phone 091 555102/555746

Bodhran Roundstone Musical Instruments

This store offers genuine goatskin Bodhrans handcrafted with care by Malachy Kearns.

Claddagh Ring Claddagh Rings and Jewellery

The Claddagh ring has been associated with Galway since the 17th century. It consists of a pair of hands enclosing a heart and topped with a crown, representing friendship, love and loyalty respectively.  It was originally used as an engagement ring and wedding ring.  There are many stores throughout the city selling Celtic Jewellery.

Dillon’s of Galway, established in 1750, are the original makers of the Claddagh ring.  Each Claddagh ring and piece of jewellery is stamped Original and is Hallmarked. Situated in 1. Quay Street.  Catherine is an expert on all things ‘Gold’ and will be happy to advise you on all items of jewellery.