December 4, 2023


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15 Irish Businesses I’ve Tried and Tested –

15 Irish Businesses I've Tried and Tested -

Past calendar year, I set with each other a listing of Irish suppliers from whom I’ve bought and experimented with and analyzed products and solutions – I’m adding a couple additional to it this yr, as the inclination to try to assist area enterprises proceeds. There’s absolutely nothing like a disaster to convey men and women alongside one another, and it’s heartening to see the energy individuals have been generating to get Irish, assistance area corporations, and spread the word about excellent Irish presents once more this year.

There are fantastic present guides out there from bloggers and in newspapers and publications, and this is my tiny contribution – a present tutorial with just 15 Irish sellers, but all people today or corporations I have purchased from. So it is small, but they’re all personalized suggestions, and all items I’ve loved.

Queen B Athletics

For gorgeous, soft sweatshirts in brilliant colours, and for leggings, athletics bras, and t-shirts, you can’t go improper with Irish outfits organization Queen B Athletics. Owned and run by two sisters from Carrigaline, Co. Cork, Queen B clothing is fun and purposeful and fairly priced. Adhere to them on Instagram (@QueenBAthletics ) to hold up to date with facts on pop-up shops, or test out their web page to acquire on-line. I have the Jessie sweatshirt and definitely like it. My sisters individual really significantly just about every other item they promote, which include the hats, so I can attest to the outstanding high-quality. (And I have my eye on the Anna sweatshirt in ice-blue, in scenario any person is asking yourself what to get me for Xmas . . .)


I bought my husband a “Damien’s Cheese” slate cheese board from Slated a pair of years ago which was, regardless of the engraving, seriously a current for me much too. Substantially cheese has been eaten from this board in excess of the previous two years, and Slated have gorgeous tableware and tea light holders too. I went to faculty with Tara who, with her spouse, runs Slated, and I’m constantly delighted to help this lovely organization.

Slated Office Mum

Ger Holland Photography 

Ger Holland is a Dublin-based photographer, originally from Galway, and she is regularly requested to photograph at literary activities in Eire and over and above. Sad to say, since February 2020, most literary functions have had to move on the net, but Ger is advertising calendars and prints whilst we hold out for points to open up up yet again. I brought a print of Seville from her last year, and it has pleasure of area on my eating area wall. Also, Ger is an absolutely second-to-none kind, pretty person.

Ger Holland Office Mum Andrea Mara

Emily Rainsford Art

Emily Rainsford is a blogger friend I very first fulfilled seven a long time back, and although I understood she painted, I didn’t realise right up until final year that her paintings are for sale on Etsy. I fell in love with the portray below when I noticed it, purchased it, and it arrived a handful of times later in stunning packaging. Now all it needs is a stunning body and fifteen months later, I’ve ultimately despatched it off to do just that. (PS if you are in South Dublin, Fuji Blackrock are Remarkable for any kind of  photo printing or framing and have excellent cusotmer assistance.)

Emily Rainsford Art - Andrea Mara Office Mum


I only identified Dublin-based Jam Art Prints last year (many thanks to my sister), and my daughter, who was on the lookout about my shoulder at the time, requested for a print for Xmas. I determined to obtain a person for my office environment much too, and got this just one:

There is a massive range of prints for sale on the internet site and shipping was really prompt. I will be back.


I have been a fan of MaryK Jewelry  for the past few yrs – an Irish designer providing in regional stores (like Halo Glasthule) and on the internet. I’m making a selection!

Mary K

Adore From Me is owned and run by Louise from Galway – an on line jewellery shop with attractive goods and regular sales. When I acquired the rose-gold bangle, it was decreased to 49 cents. I acquired four of them! Louise is charming, the jewellery comes quite promptly and is superbly packaged. If you have now acquired all your items this calendar year, possibly you want a take care of for by yourself?

Love From Me

Kinvara Skincare

In my ongoing quest to experiment with new skincare manufacturers and products and solutions, I just lately tried using Kinvara Skincare. I adore their oil cleanser and will certainly be again to try a lot more. Quick shipping, wonderful packaging, would make a fantastic gift for somebody else or just for you…

Sculpted by Aimee

There’s a Dunnes Shops which is in going for walks length from me, and during lockdown, some of my numerous walks took me there, specially to search as a result of their skincare and make-up office. That’s here I found Sculpted by Aimee – a makeup brand name started in 2016 by Irish make-up artist Aimee Connolly. I purchased the concealer to start with, as a reasonably-priced different to the Bobby Brown concealer I ordinarily use, and much more not too long ago I acquired the moisturiser/ primer. I’ll definitely obtain equally yet again, and supporting an Irish model is an included reward. The merchandise are extremely prettily packaged and obtainable in Boots, pharmacies, Dunnes, and on the web.

Sculpted by Aimee


I’d been planning to get a good set of makeup brushes for a whilst when I listened to about NimaBrush. Owned by Dublin-primarily based make-up artist Niamh Martin, Nima is my new go-to area for make-up brushes. I acquired the Introduction Set a couple months ago, and I enjoy working with them. Excellent for the makeup enthusiast in your lifetime.

Nima Brushes

Irish Whiskey Stone Enterprise

Searching MagnumLady’s Craft gift tutorial last calendar year, I spotted Irish Whiskey Stones and resolved to obtain their Father Ted stone “ice” cubes as a present for my father. They arrive in a sweet minimal present box, and are exactly what I’d envisioned, and there was a minimal sticker on the envelope declaring, “Thanks for supporting my modest business”. This yr, that’s what it’s all about.

Irish Whiskey Stones

Sheridan’s Cheese Hamper

When my sister’s would-be-wedding-date came close to in April 2020, in our initially couple of months of lockdown, we wanted to mark it in some way, so sent a Sheridan’s hamper to her and her fiancé. Sheridans ended up good to deal with (I essential to adjust supply date) and the hamper looked stunning. I simply cannot notify you how it tasted due to the fact my sister and her fiancé ate it all on their own – to be truthful, we ended up in deep lockdown and not allowed to see each and every other. But our weekly grocery buying treat is Sheridan’s cheese from the counter in Dunnes, so I can undoubtedly propose. (Specifically the chutney.)


Beekon is a honey refresher consume – as they say on their Instagram: Not a beer. Not a cider. Not a wine
No gluten, sulphites or additives. It was started by an individual I know a couple of decades ago and it’s been likely from strength to power many thanks to her and her partner’s challenging get the job done and enthusiasm, and in no modest part, many thanks to how tasty the beverages flavor. You can invest in Beekon in lots of supermarkets and off-licences – here is a record of stockists. You can also get it by the circumstance on the Beekon site. Consume responsibly! PS if you’re intrigued in purchasing a situation on the web, Beekon have provided me a 10% price cut code: OFFICEMUM

Skelligs chocolate

I learned Skelligs chocolate when we ordered some new doorways and on completion of the purchase, we were presented a box of Skelligs candies. They ended up amazingly tasty – the joint-best chocolates I have at any time had (see beneath for the other) and I viewed as ordering additional doorways to get more sweets, although it’s much less highly-priced to just invest in the chocolate straight. Centered in Kerry, Skelligs have a extensive range available to get on-line and from these stockists.

Skellig Chocolates - Office Mum

Lir chocolate

My other favorite chocolate is Lir. Disclaimer: Lir despatched me a hamper of chocolate three years in the past, and I turned a loyal (shelling out) client as quickly as the hamper was long gone. Their Salted Caramel Truffles are to die for and their Discovery Selection would make a extremely really and delightful gift.

Lir Chocolate - Office Mum

Publications by Irish authors 

This ultimate entry on the record is not about one distinct product or service or a single individual guide, but another way to obtain Irish is to give another person a book published by an Irish writer. I won’t attempt to advise any unique textbooks here as there are as well a lot of, and I’m certain to go away someone out, so alternatively I have extra a image of some of the Irish publications on my bookshelf in my bedroom – this is just a very small subset of the books by Irish authors accessible from any bookshop.  I’ll hardly ever once more choose searching in a bookshop for granted.

Happy browsing!

Books by Irish authors - Office Mum Andrea Mara

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