From Pennsylvania to Arizona, here are eight top-class Irish shops in the US where you can shop Irish this autumn.
As part of a new series highlighting the cream of the crop Irish shops associated with the North American Celtic Trade Association, IrishCentral is pleased to bring you eight Irish shops across the US where you can shop Irish this Fall.
Whether you’re searching for a gift for someone who loves Ireland, want to show some Irish pride yourself, or just got back from Ireland and neglected to purchase souvenirs and presents (hey, it happens!), these stores will have you covered.
The North American Celtic Trade Association helps to bring the best range of Irish products, gifts, and collections right to your doorsteps to the Irish and Celtic shops across USA and Canada.
Neville Gardner never intended to open a Celtic gift shop. In fact, he attended Queen’s University in Belfast and worked as a Civil Engineer upon graduation. His office was located in Donegall Square, facing Belfast’s iconic City Hall.
Within a few years, Neville fell in love and relocated to the United States. He traveled home frequently to see family and his aging parents and needed a job that allowed him the flexibility to do so. Every time he went home, people asked him to bring back sweaters, food, and gifts; Neville realized there is a market for authentic gifts from Ireland and the British Isles. In 1985, Donegal Square was born, and the name of the shop reminds him of home.
Donegal Square is on Main Street in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and they have been welcoming customers for over 30 years. Donegal Square is a unique Celtic gift shop, and with the attached McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar, they are proud to bill themselves as a truly Celtic destination (no passport required!).
People often call Donegal Square “The Irish Store”, but they carry items from many Celtic Nations, such as beautiful sweaters and woolens, Nicholas Mosse pottery, Shanore and Keith Jack jewelry, Ogham Wishes, and more - including chocolate and biscuits! Donegal Square brings the best of Ireland and the British Isles to the Lehigh Valley.
For almost 20 years, O'Meara's Irish House in Door County, WI has been delighting visitors and Irish enthusiasts with timeless, high-quality goods.
O'Meara's Irish House began in 1999 when Megan O'Meara and family purchased the store from Tom and Rose Murray. In 2010, the store itself celebrated its 11th anniversary and underwent a major renovation. With its picturesque cottage setting at the north end of Fish Creek, the store continues to draw visitors and locals alike.
The owners say they are often asked what is an Irish store doing in the middle of a Scandinavian area? As it turns out, many Irish settled in Door County originally, and what’s more, the majority of their customers travel from the Chicago, Milwaukee and beyond. But good taste is universal and their clientele includes folks of all backgrounds. As they put it, “you don't have to have green blood running through your veins to love high-quality, gorgeous, timeless wools and tweeds.”
The majority of vendors O’Meara’s stocks are are master craftsmen who have been designing and creating for decades, such as John Branigan with Branigan Weavers and John Condron from Fado Jewelry. They offer gorgeous Aran wool sweaters, stunning Irish jewelry and a full range of Irish giftware, and have an online shop for those who can’t make it to Door County, Wisconsin in person.
Mully’s is a retail and online store dedicated to the love of Ireland! After traveling to Ireland in May 2011 its owners quickly fell in love with the landscape and people of Ireland, especially the small shops in Dingle, Kilkenny, Dublin, etc. selling Irish goods. Their goal is to provide an online store for everyone to shop the small towns of Ireland in one place.
Mully's Celtic Cottage brings Celtic charm to the mountains and desert of Arizona. The original shop is located in Scottsdale on popular 5th Avenue in Old Town, right in front of the famous Bob Parks Horse Fountain, while the newest location is set in the historic, mountain town of Prescott overlooking the courthouse square.
They carry a selection of clothing (including kilts), jewelry, gifts for everyone on your list, as well as pre-packaged and frozen foods.
The Celtic Ranch is not your typical Irish Store. Located in historic Weston Missouri, only 35 minutes from downtown Kansas City, the Celtic Ranch helps people celebrate their Celtic heritage with imported and signature clothing, jewelry, and gifts.
In the tradition of Irish hospitality, they offer complimentary tea seven days a week. With the Midwest's largest selection of Irish whiskeys, single malt scotch and small batch bourbon and ryes, they also sell "liquid sunshine” by the sample shot or the bottle.
Terry Kast started the Celtic Ranch 11 years ago with a love of horses and a passion for all things Irish. Terry says “each customer makes a BIG difference for a small business. We hope you feel that way!” Terry lives on 49 acres, owns six horses and is 3/4 Irish and 1/4 German descent. As she explains it, “The Irish makes me enjoy life and the German makes me get up and work".
Cead Mile Failte, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, awaits you at Casey’s Irish Imports, Inc. a second-generation family-owned Irish gift store located in Rocky River, Ohio.
Original owners and founders Vera and Tom Casey fulfilled a lifelong dream of importing the treasures of their native Ireland to America when they opened their doors 30 years ago. Today, their daughters, Maureen Casey and Kathleen Casey Proctor, run the business. Casey’s specializes in Irish and Celtic jewelry, Irish knitwear, Waterford Crystal, Belleek china, religious items, Irish foods, clothing, and home décor.
Casey’s prides itself on outstanding customer service. Casey’s has been previously voted best gift shop in Cleveland on the Fox 8 Hotlist and has received the Celtic Warrior Award as an outstanding merchant & member of NACTA for promoting Celtic heritage in their community, North America and the Celtic Nations.
Most recently, in January of 2018, they were awarded the Quality Business Award by the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce. Maureen and Kathleen travel to various Irish trade shows in Chicago, New Jersey, and Dublin, Ireland to find new items to showcase at their store. In addition to running the store, they are involved in several Irish organizations/ boards in the Cleveland. Casey’s also annually sponsors a contestant in Ohio Rose of Tralee.
For unique Irish gifts and Celtic-themed gifts, shop The Danu Gallery in downtown Pearl River, NY! Irresistible Celtic jewelry and knitwear, imported Irish crafts, books and artwork. For imported Irish and Celtic-themed gifts, holiday gifts, authentic Irish hand-crafted jewelry and hand-knit Irish woolens, they invite you to browse the online shop.
Or, if you are in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, visit their brick and mortar gift shop in Pearl River. The store is located in friendly Pearl River, Rockland County, convenient to the NY Thruway, Tappan Zee Bridge, Palisades Parkway, and Garden State Parkway.
The Danu Gallery of Pearl River NY is an oasis of classic and contemporary imported Irish crafts, jewelry, and knitwear from admired Irish artisans.
Patricia and Joe Maher opened the Irish Gift Shop in 1984 near the present location of the Columbia Restaurant. The store measured 10 x 12. Patricia jokes that the store was so small that “when people came in she would have to go out!”
Within two years the Mahers expanded into a 3,000 sq ft building at 139 St. George Street at the corner of Treasury. Joe Maher was one of the founding members of the Hibernia Regiment, a group of Historical Re-enactors that celebrate the 400-year-old Celtic Heritage of St. Augustine. The store flourished for many years and in 2001 the Mahers decided to retire and sold the business to David and Jan Perkins from Dublin Ireland.
The store moved to the Heritage Walk in 2009 and in 2016 was finally relocated to 26 Cuna Street under the proprietorship of Grace Reed and Linda Campbell. If you come on the right day, you may get homemade Irish Soda Bread and Tea. If nothing else, you’ll get a warm welcome. Nowadays, Irish heritage being as widespread as it is, many people come in to see a little glimpse of their Irish Culture. As they say, “we have gifts for the Irish in you. Doesn't everyone have some?”
Mary Anne spent her childhood in Ireland, and her love of the landscape, its people, heritage, and craftsmanship took hold of me and never left. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology she knew exactly what I wanted to do… gather crafts from the finest artisans in this country she loves so much and showcase them here in NYC. Her artistic appreciation is reflected in each of the hand-selected pieces at the shop
Every year she travels to Ireland and spends time carefully curating each new collection of imports for the shop, choosing only the finest quality crafts, getting to know new artists and their designs, handpicking only the singular pieces that she connects with. Mary Anne enjoys traveling back and forth, finding some of Ireland’s most talented craftspeople and bringing their creations to New York. She loves that she can give these artisans, who are so passionate about what they do, a platform in NYC.